Tentative agreements reached in collective bargaining by the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) are now official following the successful conclusion of QUFA’s ratification vote on Friday, February 15, 2019. Over 96 per cent of votes cast supported the collective agreement and the proposed conversion of the pension plan. The human resources committee of the Queen’s Board of Trustees has also ratified the agreements.
The renewed collective agreement will succeed the current agreement effective May 1, 2019. The renewed agreement has a three-year term, and prescribes across-the board, annual salary increases of 1.6 per cent, 1.6 per cent, and 1.9 per cent.
An important consequence of successful ratification is that QUFA will consent, on behalf of its eligible members, to the conversion of the Queen’s Pension Plan (QPP) to the proposed jointly sponsored University Pension Plan (UPP). The terms of the pension consent agreement form part of the parties’ collective agreement.
Negotiations between the University and QUFA – which represents approximately 1,350 university faculty, librarians and archivists – began in November 2018 and concluded in December 2018.
The University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) reached tentative agreements on December 11, 2018, to renew their collective agreement, and with respect to the proposed conversion and transfer of assets from the Queen’s Pension Plan to the University Pension Plan. The agreements are subject to ratification by the parties.
The University values the contributions of its employees and is committed to the collective bargaining process.
Queen’s is adjusting the salaries of approximately 200 current faculty members this month, and will pay retroactive amounts within the next two pay periods. Affected faculty members will each receive a letter in August.
The adjustments are in accordance with longstanding provisions in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement for faculty members whose salaries have been determined to be anomalous. Adjustments are for the review years 2008, 2009 and 2010 for faculty in eligible discipline groups.
The adjustments were recommended by the Anomalies Side-Table (“AST”), a subcommittee of the Joint Committee on the Administration of the Agreement, the labour-management committee that reviews matters arising from the administration, interpretation and operation of the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. The mandate of the AST, the basis for its recommendations and applicable methodology are set out in the Collective Agreement.
The tentative collective agreement between the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) is now official following the successful conclusion of QUFA’s ratification vote earlier today. The human resources committee of the Queen’s Board of Trustees voted to ratify the agreement earlier this week.
“I want to thank members of both the QUFA and university negotiating teams for their hard work in reaching this new agreement,” says Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf. “This is a positive outcome as we enter the new academic term, allowing us to preserve the quality of our academic mission within the limits of our current financial reality.”
The new four-year agreement will expire on April 30, 2019. Highlights include:
• Across-the-board, annual salary increases of 1 per cent, 1.25 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 1.75 per cent.
• 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 QUFA and the university began in January of this year. Bargaining took place over 37 dates, five of which were conducted with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliator.
QUFA represents approximately 1,350 university faculty, librarians and archivists.
Early on July 29, the university and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) reached a tentative collective agreement. On July 30, a tentative agreement was reached between Queen’s and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010.
Both agreements are subject to reaching a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the parties on a process for dealing with matters pertaining to pension, and to the ratification of the tentative collective agreements by both the university and the employee groups.
“The university is very pleased with this significant step towards new collective agreements with both QUFA and USW,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal, University Relations. “We look forward to reaching a memorandum of agreement regarding the pension process in the near future.”
The university anticipates matters related to the University Pension Project will be addressed at an Aug. 13 meeting with university employee groups.
Details of the tentative agreements will remain confidential until the agreements are ratified by both parties.
Additional negotiations between the university and all three CUPE locals are scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6.