University Board ratifies collective agreement with QUFA
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.
“I want to thank QUFA members and the Queen’s Board of Trustees for approving this new agreement,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “I look forward to working with the broader Queen’s community over the coming months as we refocus on what we all care about most: ensuring we live up to Queen’s reputation as a premier institution of higher learning.”
The term of the agreement is four years; it expires on April 30, 2015.
• Across-the-board, annual wage increases of 1.25%, 1.5%, 1.5%, and 2.5%;
• Continuation of Progression-through-the-ranks (PTR) provisions;
• Gradual increases to members’ pension contributions, with no reduction of the defined benefit formula:
-- on salary up to the year's maximum pensionable earnings ceiling (YMPE, currently $48,300), the contribution rate will rise from the current level of 4.5%, reaching 7.0% of salary by January 1, 2014;
-- on salary above the YMPE, the employee contribution rate will rise from the current level of 6.0%, reaching 9.0% of salary by January 1, 2014. In addition, as of January 1, 2012, the employer's contribution rate on salary above the YMPE will rise from 7% to 7.5%.
Negotiations between QUFA and the university began in January of this year. Bargaining took place over 29 days, with an additional six days of conciliation and four days of mediation.
QUFA represents approximately 1,350 university faculty, librarians and archivists.
Six collective agreements have been successfully negotiated at Queen’s this year.
In June, the university and the Ontario Nurses Association ratified a first contract for the nurses in Queen’s Family Health Team, and in May, the university and the Public Service Alliance of Canada approved a first contract for graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows.