PSAC applies for conciliation in negotiation of collective agreement

The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) informed the university on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, that they have asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation officer to assist the parties in the ongoing collective agreement negotiations. The collective agreement covers approximately 1,800 graduate students that Queen’s employs on a part-time basis as Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows.

The appointment of a conciliation officer to assist parties in negotiating an agreement is a normal feature of the collective bargaining process. In conciliation, a provincially appointed conciliation officer confers with the parties as they work through outstanding issues. PSAC and the university have been meeting since June of this year.

“Bringing in a neutral third party may help the parties to find common ground,” says Dan McKeown, Associate Vice-Principal (Faculty Relations). “The university is committed to working with PSAC to conclude a renewal agreement.”

The university values the contributions of its many employees across all unionized groups and is fully committed to the collective bargaining process.

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