QUSA votes yes to new wage agreement
The Queen's University Staff Association has ratified a new salary and benefits agreement with the University.
Members voted 244 to 132 in favour of the deal, which was reached last month.
"This is great news for the university and its staff,” said Principal Daniel Woolf. “This is a fair agreement that reflects Queen's financial situation. Again, I want to thank the QUSA executive and its members for recognizing the current fiscal realities and for their leadership."
The deal includes a 1.25% scale increase to the staff salary grid for grades 2 to 9, except those which are above the maximum. In addition, salaries in grades 2 to 9, except those which are at or above the range maximum, will be moved up to the next step within the grade, retroactive to July 1. Employees at the maximum of their grade or above, will receive a one-time payment of $300 in the November pay. Human Resources will be working diligently over the next few weeks to include the salary increase and retroactive pay components in the November pay as well.
As well, staff will no longer pay any dental premiums as of January 1, 2010.
“We have always valued our relationship with QUSA’s executive and we look forward to continuing to work together in the best interests of our staff and the university,” said Rod Morrison, V-P (Human Resources).