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Queen’s, post-doctoral fellows ratify collective agreement

Queen’s University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Local 901 (Unit 2), which represents post-doctoral fellows, have successfully ratified a tentative agreement to renew their collective agreement.

The renewed collective agreement has a four-year term and will expire on June 30, 2020. Highlights include:

  • An initial wage increase of 1.0 per cent effective April 1, 2017, with a corresponding increase of the minimum base salary to $32,496.
  • Wage increase of 1.25 per cent effective July 1, 2017, with an increase of the minimum base salary to $34,000.
  • Wage increase of 1.50 per cent effective July 1, 2018, with a corresponding increase of the minimum base salary to $34,600.
  • Wage increase of 1.75 per cent effective July 1, 2019, with a corresponding increase of the minimum base salary to $34,900.
  • A new childcare benefit plan for eligible employees, similar to childcare support plans enjoyed by other employee groups at Queen’s.
  • A pilot project to facilitate direct access to family health-care services, benefitting employees and their family members, and to be delivered by the Queen’s Family Health Team.

Negotiations began in May 2016 and concluded in mid-February 2017 with the assistance of a Ministry of Labour-appointed conciliator.

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

Queen’s, academic assistants reach tentative agreement

The university and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010, Unit 01, reached a tentative collective agreement late in the evening on Feb. 2. The agreement is subject to ratification by both the university and the bargaining unit.

USW Local 2010, Unit 01, represents academic assistants at Queen’s. The university and the bargaining unit have been actively engaged in negotiations to renew their collective agreement since June 2016.

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

University, CUPE ratify collective agreements

The tentative collective agreements between Queen’s University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees locals 229, 254 and 1302 are now in effect following successful ratification votes by CUPE members earlier today.

The human resources committee of Queen’s Board of Trustees recently voted to ratify the agreements.

“I want to thank the negotiating teams for both the university and the CUPE locals for their efforts over the past 15 months,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “CUPE members from all three locals play important roles in supporting Queen’s exceptional learning environment, and these agreements will help further the university’s academic mission within the limits of our current financial reality.”

The new, four-year agreements will each expire on June 30, 2018. Highlights include:

CUPE Local 229

  • A one-time, lump-sum payment of $750, less any applicable deductions, following ratification
  • A scale increase of 1 per cent across the board, effective July 1, 2015
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board, effective July 1, 2016
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board, effective July 1, 2017

CUPE Local 254

  • A one-time, lump-sum payment of $750, less any applicable deductions, following ratification
  • A scale increase of 1 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2015, with eligible employees receiving a step increase
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2016, with eligible employees receiving a step increase
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2017, with eligible employees receiving a step increase

CUPE Local 1302

  • A one-time, lump-sum payment of $750, less any applicable deductions, following ratification
  • A scale increase of 1 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2015, with eligible employees receiving a step increase
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2016, with eligible employees receiving a step increase
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2017, with eligible employees receiving a step increase

The parties also entered into separate memoranda of agreement, reaffirming the parties’ shared commitment to the university pension project and setting out the process for engaging in that project.

Negotiations between the three CUPE Locals and the university began in June of last year. Bargaining took place over 23 dates collectively, seven of which were conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator.

CUPE Local 229 represents approximately 250 heating and maintenance employees; CUPE Local 254 represents approximately 90 technicians; and CUPE Local 1302 represents approximately 55 library and archive employees.

University, USW ratify collective agreement

The tentative collective agreement between Queen’s University and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010 is now in effect following a successful ratification vote by USW members earlier today.

The human resources committee of Queen’s Board of Trustees recently voted to ratify the agreement.

“I want to thank the negotiating teams for both the university and USW for their hard work over the past few months,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “USW members and all Queen’s staff play a vital role in the university’s continued success and this agreement will help to further the university’s academic mission within the limits of our current financial reality.”

The new, four-year agreement will expire on December 31, 2018. Highlights include:

  • A one-time lump-sum payment of $750 (less applicable deductions) within 90 days of ratification
  • A scale increase of 1 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2016, with eligible employees being moved to the next step within their salary grade
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2017, with eligible employees being moved to the next step within their salary grade
  • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2018, with eligible employees being moved to the next step within their salary grade
  • A memorandum of agreement that reaffirms the parties’ shared commitment to the university pension project and sets out the process for engaging in that project.

Negotiations between USW and the university began in February of this year. Bargaining took place over 18 dates, three of which were conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator. USW represents approximately 1,150 university general support staff.

In accordance with the university’s commitment to equity for all staff in the grades 2-9 employee group, the salary program for non-unionized confidential, managerial excludes and research, grant and contract staff will be aligned with the new USW agreement.