The new agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) is now official, with the Queen’s Board of Trustees voting to ratify the agreement earlier today.
Members of QUFA ratified the agreement in a three-day vote late last week.
The negotiations between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) are now one step closer to reaching a conclusion with a majority of QUFA members voting to accept the contract offer.
In unionized workplaces, during contract negotiations, collective bargaining committees can reach a tentative agreement on a new contract but that tentative agreement is almost always subject to ratification by the “principals” of both committees. The university’s principals are the members of the Board of Trustees or of a designated sub-committee of the Board. The union’s principals are the members of the bargaining unit. It is up to the bargaining unit members to accept or reject the tentative agreement. A majority vote in favour is necessary to approve – or “ratify” – the tentative agreement.