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Impacts of potential primary/secondary school closures

Members of the Queen’s community with childcare responsibilities:
Yesterday, school boards across Ontario were notified that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) plans to begin full strike action on Monday, October 7th if they cannot reach an agreement with the government and employer associations between now and then.
We recognize that in the event of school closures some members of the Queen’s community with school-aged children may be impacted and may be unable to make alternate arrangements for childcare on short notice.
If this is the case:
Queen’s faculty: Please discuss the matter with your department head. Any students impacted by this are encouraged to speak with faculty.
Queen’s staff: Please discuss with your manager. Options could include requesting Lieu time
(if available), vacation time or unpaid leave. In certain circumstances, compassionate leave may be appropriate for short periods. Employees and managers should contact their CST Advisor if they have questions regarding their options.
We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as required.

Queen’s University and OPSEU Local 452 reach tentative agreements

On September 27, 2019, the University and OPSEU Local 67 reached a tentative agreement to renew the collective agreement. In addition, the parties also reached a tentative agreement with respect to the 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.

University, ONA Local 67 ratify collective agreement

The tentative collective agreement between Queen’s University and the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Local 67 is now in effect following a successful ratification vote by bargaining unit members held on June 12, 2019.
The Human Resources Committee of the Queen’s Board of Trustees voted to ratify the agreement on June 21, 2019.
An important consequence of successful ratification is that ONA Local 67 will consent, on behalf of their 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 will form part of the parties’ collective agreement.
The university and ONA Local 67 also agreed to renew their collective agreement. The renewed collective agreement will succeed the current agreement, effective retroactively to April 1, 2018.
The new three-year agreements will expire on March 31, 2021.

Queen’s University and PSAC Local 901 ratify first collective agreement for Graduate Research Assistants

Queen’s University, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada and its Local 901 (Unit1) (“PSAC”), have successfully ratified a tentative agreement for a first collective agreement for graduate students employed as research assistants (“Graduate Research Assistants”).

Graduate Research Assistants are now within the scope of the PSAC Unit 1 collective agreement that also includes graduate students employed as Teaching Assistants (TAs), JD and MD students employed as TAs, and Teaching Fellows (TFs). This collective agreement will be in effect until April 30, 2021. Other highlights include:

  • Effective May 1, 2019, Graduate Research Assistants who are employed on that date will receive a 1.5% increase of the base hourly rate in their current individual employment contracts
  • A payment of 3% of their base hourly rate, in lieu of benefits
  • Effective May 1, 2020, a new base rate for Graduate Research Assistants will apply, $39.93/hour, plus 3% in lieu of benefits and 4% vacation pay, for a total of $42.73/hour

Negotiations began in June 2018 and the parties reached a tentative agreement on March 26, 2019.

The University values the contributions of its many employees and remains committed to the collective bargaining process.

Queen’s University and CUPE Locals 229, 254 and 1302 reach tentative agreements

On March 27, 2019, the University and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Locals 229, 254 and 1302 reached tentative agreements to renew their respective collective agreements. In addition, the parties also reached tentative agreements 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.