Category Archives: Status Updates

Update on new graduate research assistant bargaining unit

The Ontario Labour Relations Board issued a certification order on Feb. 16, 2017, certifying Public Service Alliance of Canada’s application to represent a bargaining unit of certain graduate students employed as research assistants at Queen’s.

In the course of the proceeding, the Ontario Labour Relations Board did not determine which individuals will be considered bargaining unit members. The parties continue to disagree with respect to which graduate students will be covered. The university anticipates that very few will satisfy the test for status as an “employee,” a legal prerequisite under Ontario’s labour law for inclusion in a bargaining unit.

Queen’s, academic assistants ratify collective agreement

Queen’s University and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010, Unit 01, representing academic assistants ratified their tentative agreement earlier this week.

The new four-year agreement will expire on Aug. 31, 2020. Highlights includes:

  • Four-year agreement: September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020
  • A one-time lump-sum payment to eligible employees within 90 days of ratification:
  • An increase of 1 per cent to the minimum hourly rate, effective Sept. 1, 2017.
  • An increase of 1.25 per cent to the minimum hourly rate, effective Sept. 1, 2018.
  • An increase of 1.25 per cent to the minimum hourly rate, effective Sept. 1, 2019.

Negotiations between Queen’s and USW Local 2010, Unit 01, began on June 2, 2016. Bargaining took place over one full-day session and three half-day sessions. There were also four full-day bargaining sessions conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

Queen’s, post-doctoral fellow reach tentative agreement

Queen’s University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and its Local 901 (Unit 2), reached a tentative agreement on Feb. 13. The agreement is subject to ratification by both the university and the bargaining unit.

PSAC represents approximately 170 post-doctoral fellows employed at Queen’s. The university and the bargaining unit have been actively engaged in negotiations to renew their collective agreement since May 2016.

Details of the tentative agreement will remain confidential until both parties ratify the agreement.

Update on Queen’s, academic assistants bargaining

Queen’s University and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010, Unit 01, which represents academic assistants, have been actively engaged in negotiations to renew their collective agreement since June. After holding four bargaining dates in June, the parties asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist with the negotiations. Requesting a conciliation officer is a normal aspect of the collective bargaining process. A provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues.

The university recently received a petition from USW. The petition stated that academic assistants have had their wages frozen for four years. In fact, what was negotiated by the parties was a significant wage increase in year one of the collective agreement – which began in 2012 – rather than having smaller wage increases distributed over the life of the four-year agreement. The effect of this agreement between the USW and Queen’s was that employees received a more substantial wage increase earlier in the life of the collective agreement rather than smaller increases throughout the agreement.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process while balancing the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respect the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

Queen’s, academic assistants reschedule conciliation date

The conciliation meeting scheduled for Oct. 3 between Queen’s University and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010, Unit 01, was cancelled by mutual agreement of the parties. The meeting has been rescheduled for Nov. 16.

USW Local 2010, Unit 01, represents academic assistants at Queen’s. After holding four bargaining dates in June, the parties asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist with the negotiations. The two parties met with the conciliation officer on Aug. 11 and Aug 12.

Requesting a conciliation officer is a normal aspect of the collective bargaining process. A provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.