Category Archives: Status Updates

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.

PSAC conciliation update

Queen’s University and Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 901, met in conciliation on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in their continuing effort to negotiate a renewal of their collective agreement covering approximately 170 post-doctoral fellows.

The university tabled a salary proposal that would ensure post-doctoral fellows at Queen’s continue to be among the best compensated post-doctoral fellows under Canadian collective agreements, and would establish a childcare benefit proposal that is comparable to that enjoyed by other employee groups at Queen’s. The university also tabled a proposal that would establish a professional development fund for post-doctoral fellows.

In addition, the university has proposed an arrangement that will provide post-doctoral fellows and their family members with direct access to a family physician in Kingston.

The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to a fair and respectful collective bargaining process. The university is focused on reaching negotiated agreements with all employee groups that both balance the university’s need to preserve its core academic mission and respect the limitations dictated by current financial realities.

Conciliation continues between Queen’s, academic assistants

Queen’s University and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010, Unit 01, which represents academic assistants, are actively engaged in negotiations to renew their collective agreement.

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, with another conciliation date scheduled for Oct. 3.

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.

Queen’s and several bargaining units on campus successfully negotiated collective agreements over the past year, including Queen’s University Faculty AssociationUnited Steelworkers 2010,Canadian Union of Public Employees locals 229, 254 and 1302Ontario Nurses’ Association Local 67, and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 452. The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

University applies for conciliation in PSAC negotiations

Queen’s has asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist it and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 901, in their negotiation of a renewal collective agreement covering approximately 180 post-doctoral fellows.

“Bringing in a neutral third party can assist the parties in finding common ground,” says Dan McKeown, Interim Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations). “The university is committed to working with PSAC to conclude a renewal agreement that respects both our employees and the limitations dictated by financial realities.”

The appointment of a conciliation officer to assist parties in negotiating an agreement is a normal feature of the collective bargaining process. In conciliation, a provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues. PSAC and the university have been meeting since April and dates are scheduled for continued talks in August.

Queen’s and several bargaining units on campus successfully negotiated collective agreements over the past year, including Queen’s University Faculty Association, United Steelworkers 2010, Canadian Union of Public Employees locals 229, 254 and 1302, Ontario Nurses’ Association Local 67, and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union Local 452. The university values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.