No final vote result
Yesterday’s vote for United Steelworkers of Canada representation of Queen’s staff is still to be decided.
The Union and the University have different positions on the scope of the bargaining unit and who is eligible for membership. These issues will be discussed, with the assistance of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, later this month. This process is not unusual in certification applications.
The Steelworkers Union applied to represent the general staff group; the University believes the appropriate bargaining unit also includes the Research, Contract and Grant staff, who, for over 20 years, have all been covered by common HR policies, benefits programs and salary structures. Because these issues have not yet been resolved, only a partial count was done last night.
Out of 1339 ballots cast, 688 ballots--about which there was no dispute--were counted.
The result of that count was 381 for certification, 306 against certification, and one ballot was spoiled. There are 651 disputed ballots remaining.