United Steelworkers Local 2010


Thrive Week 2015 is November 2-6, 2015

Week-long series of events focused on building positive mental health for students, faculty, and staff.

Halloween Photo Contest
Are you, your children, friends or pets planning on dressing up this Halloween?
USW Local 2010 is running a Halloween Photo Contest.

Simply submit your photo to ac.0102wsunull@kciredorb.anairb, with your contact information and indicate which of the following categories you are applying for. The photos will be posted on Facebook for our membership to ‘like.’

Best Decorated Halloween House
Best Carved Halloween Pumpkin

Categories are:
Best child’s costume (under 18)
Scariest costume (open to all)
Most original costume (open to all)
Best group costume (open to all)
Best dressed pet (open to all non-human members of the family)

The photo with the most ‘likes’ in each category will win a great prize!

Deadline for submitting photos: Tuesday November 3, 2015

Voting will open Wednesday November 4, 2015 at 12 noon and close November 11, 2015 at 12 noon.


October 16, 2015

News Release: Progress on Queen’s & USW Joint Job Evaluation

Please read the Joint Communication Update for Job Evaluation by both Queen’s and USW.

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Message to Staff Regarding Changes to Administration of Vacation
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Addressing issues relevant to working people and caring communities.

Tuesday September 29, 2015 | Portsmouth Olympic Harbour
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | All are welcome to attend!

Salary Update from the Employer
Sent on behalf of Heather Shields

As you are likely aware, the tentative collective agreement between the university and United Steelworkers Local 2010 was successfully ratified earlier this month.

The collective agreement includes a provision for USW members to receive a one-time lump-sum payment of $750 (less applicable deductions) within 90 days of ratification. Employees employed on the date of ratification with fewer than twelve months (12) service will receive a prorated amount.

This lump-sum payment is expected to be included on the September 30 payroll, and should therefore be reflected on September pay stubs, minus applicable deductions.

The collective agreement also included the following salary terms:

      • A scale increase of 1 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2016, with eligible employees being moved to the next step within their salary grade
      • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2017, with eligible employees being moved to the next step within their salary grade
      • A scale increase of 1.25 per cent across the board effective July 1, 2018, with eligible employees being moved to the next step within their salary grade

Media Release
Steelworkers Reach Four-Year Contract with Queen’s

New Collective Agreement Documents
September 2, 2015

Please find here the New Collective Agreement Text changes, the Chart of Activities for Job Evaluation, and the Compensation Package, including pension. These documents were handed out during the ratification presentation that took place on September 2, 2015. The official Collective Agreement will not be uploaded for a number a weeks while it is being proofed and printed.

Bargaining Blaze #7 – Ratification Vote Results
September 2, 2015

Earlier today, USW Local 2010 met with our Membership to review and vote on the tentative final offer from the Employer.

We are pleased to announce that by majority, 92.5% of Steelworkers have voted to accept the offer.

The details of this ratification vote are as follows:

695 out of 1154 eligible members voted (60.2%)
643 members voted to ratify, and 45 members voted against ratification; 7 spoiled ballots
92.5% of voting members voted to ratify the tentative collective agreement

Please email us at ac.0102wsunull@tcatnoc if you have questions.

In Solidarity,
USW Local 2010 Bargaining Committee

Briana Broderick
Spring Forsberg-Lewis
Kelly J. Orser
Natasha Redknap
Phyllis Reid
Ken Pearce (Alternate)
Peggy McComb, USW Chief Negotiator

Biosciences Auditorium & Atrium
2 Ratification Sessions will be held to accommodate all Members

Session #1:
WHO: For Members with the last name beginning with A-M
WHEN: 10:05am-12:30pm
WHERE: Biosciences Auditorium (presentation) and Atrium (vote)

Session #2:
WHO: For Members with the last name beginning with N-Z
WHEN: 12:35pm-3:00pm
WHERE: Biosciences Auditorium (presentation) and Atrium (vote)

Please email us at ac.0102wsunull@tcatnoc if you have questions.

Bargaining Blaze #6 – Ratification Vote

As many of you know, our final conciliation meeting with the Employer was held on August 13, 2015. Following this meeting, we were required to work through several logistical details with our Canadian National Office, as well as the Employer.

The Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that we now have a tentative final offer to present. This offer will be presented to the members for review and a ratification vote. Members will be able to review the changes to the Collective Agreement at the meeting with the guidance of the Bargaining Committee. This vote will be the only opportunity for members to vote on the new CA, as the secret paper ballot vote will be conducted on the same day as the presentation.

The details of the ratification vote are as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, September 2, 2015
LOCATION: Main Campus
TIME: To be determined

We are still working out some of the final logistics for this meeting and will communicate them with you soon by email.

We encourage ALL Members to continue to watch our website for communications regarding the final stages of the bargaining process.

As always, USW Local 2010 remains committed to moving toward a new Collective Agreement that respects the value we add as employees to the University.

Please email us at ac.0102wsunull@tcatnoc if you have questions.

Breaking News – Bargaining Blaze #5

After 28 hours of straight negotiations, mediated by the Ministry of Labour Conciliator, Greg Long, USW Local 2010 and the Employer reached tentative agreements on many of the issues that were being bargaining. This is a significant step toward reaching a new collective agreement between the parties.

However, we have not reached a tentative agreement on the full Collective Agreement. A key issue — Pension — remains outstanding.

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Job Action Centre

For all of the information you need related to Bargaining, Job Action and Strike Information, please see our new Job Action Centre

Job Action – Strike Mandate Information

See important information on Job Action – Strike Mandate page.
Make sure to attend the information session July 28, 2015, at 12 noon, in Dunning 14, Main Campus, for more information. Union cards will be required, but members without cards will be able to check their name at the door.

Bargaining Blaze

July 27, 2015 – Bargaining Blaze #4
Upcoming Conciliation Date

The Bargaining Committee had conciliation dates on July 13 and 14, 2015. This process is very difficult and, despite significant movement from the Union, little progress was made on the Employer side towards negotiating a fair collective agreement. We have an upcoming date on July 29, 2015 that we are hopeful will be more promising. The Committee met on Friday July 24, 2015 to review the issues on the table and prepare to continue negotiations. Your Bargaining Committee continues to work hard to deliver a fair deal that reflects our true value to the Employer.

The coming weeks will be crucial in determining the outcome of the bargaining process. We need our members to be informed of the issues and ready to show their support of the Bargaining Committee to the Employer.

Watch our Twitter, and Facebook for updates and future actions to support bargaining.

If you want to help out, please contact us at ac.0102wsunull@tcatnoc.

July 6, 2015 – Bargaining Blaze #3
Conciliation Dates Secured

We have secured dates with Greg Long, the Conciliation Officer from the Ministry of Labour, for July 13 and 14, 2015. During these meetings, we will attempt to come to a resolution with the Employer on a number of important issues.

June 24, 2015 – Bargaining Blaze #2
Conciliation Officer Called In

Your USW 2010 Bargaining Committee is working hard to create a Collective Agreement that is fair to everyone: our members and Queen’s. We met again this morning with the Employer, but it was clear that we are not close on several key issues that matter to our members… Read More

Bargaining Blaze
June 23, 2015 – Bargaining Blaze #1
Progress in Bargaining Stalled Due to Disregard for Our Issues

Your USW 2010 Bargaining Committee is working hard to create a Collective Agreement that is fair to everyone: our members and Queen’s. We met again with the Employer on June 15, 16 & 19 in the hopes of moving closer to achieving that goal. But, after weeks of talks, our efforts and progress have been stalled because the Employer is simply unwilling to engage with us on many of the key issues brought forward by USW members. 

leaflet singleHere are the items for which we continue to seek meaningful dialogue and resolution: Read More
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Queen’s University Employees Join Forces to Protect Pensions

KINGSTON, Ont. – Unions representing more than 7,000 Queen’s University employees and pensioners are joining forces to seek an agreement with the university to ensure improved pension protection and long-term sustainability for their members.

A pension co-operation agreement was signed today by representatives of the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), United Steelworkers (USW), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

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