Category Archives: Status Updates

Dates set for labour negotiations

Additional negotiation dates have been scheduled between the university and Queen’s employee groups represented by United Steelworkers (USW) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

Bargaining dates for USW 2010 are as follows:

• June 15
• June 16
• June 19

Conciliation talks between the university and CUPE 1302, 229 and 254 will occur on June 18.

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.

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

University applies for conciliation in QUFA negotiations

Queen’s has asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist it and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) in their negotiation of a collective agreement.

The appointment of a conciliation officer to assist parties in negotiating an agreement is a normal part of the collective bargaining process. A conciliator has already been appointed to assist the university and employee groups represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the United Steelworkers (USW), in their negotiation of collective agreements.

In conciliation, a provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues. QUFA and the university have been meeting since January and dates are scheduled for continued talks in June and July.

“Bringing in a neutral third party can assist the parties in finding common ground,” says Dan Bradshaw, Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations). “The university is committed to working with QUFA to secure an agreement.”

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

More conciliation dates set for CUPE negotiations

Additional conciliation dates have been scheduled between the university and Queen’s employee groups represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) towards a new collective agreement.

Conciliation talks between the university and CUPE groups will occur:

  • May 8 in the morning (CUPE 1302)
  • May 8 in the afternoon (CUPE 254)
  • May 13 (CUPE 229)
  • May 20 (all three CUPE employee groups)

Negotiations toward a new collective agreement between the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) commenced in January 2015 and are also ongoing.

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.

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

*Correction: An earlier version of this story listed conciliation dates for United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010. While USW has filed a request for appointment of a conciliation officer, and Greg Long has been appointed as conciliation officer by the Ministry of Labour to confer with the parties and to endeavour to effect a collective agreement between them, no conciliation meetings have been held to date.* 

 

 

University, CUPE and USW, Local 2010 exchange proposals

The university and the employee group represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1302 are meeting today with the assistance of a government appointed Conciliation Officer. Conciliation bargaining dates have been confirmed for April 1 for CUPE Local 254 and  April 7 for CUPE Local 229.

Conciliation dates for USW, Local 2010 have been confirmed for April 9 and April 10.

All parties are working on scheduling additional bargaining dates.

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.

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

Graduate research assistant union certification application update

Ballots remain sequestered following a vote on an application by the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) for trade union certification to represent graduate research assistants at the university. The vote was conducted by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) in April 2014.  In October 2014, the OLRB mandated the process the university and PSAC would be required to follow to determine which of those who cast ballots had the status of employees at the time the vote was held and would therefore be eligible to be members of the bargaining unit. Ballots will remain sequestered until the OLRB can determine the eligibility of each voter.

Under the direction of the OLRB, the parties will continue to consider the names of voters, in groups of 10, to determine their eligibility. Since October 2014, decisions have been made on the status of 10 voters pursuant to this process.

The university recognizes the democratic right of employees to vote on whether or not to become members of a bargaining unit and looks forward to the OLRB’s determination of which voters are eligible so that ballots can be counted and a decision reached on PSAC’s application for certification.