United Steelworkers Local 2010

Pay-equity supporters say ‘gap’ still exists
“Canada needs to make changes to steer the country away from the rise of the “gig economy” and ensure good jobs remain available, said one of the people running to be leader of the New Democratic Party. Charlie Angus, the MP for Timmins-James Bay, was at Queen’s University Tuesday to lend his support to a rally for pay equity between men and women. “We’ve seen the disappearance of the middle class in this country,” Angus said.”
The Kingston Whig-Standard 2017 © Read more

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference
June 2 – 16, 2017 | Congratulations to our own Briana Broderick, VP Local 2010, as one of this year’s participants in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Bri will complete her Study Tour in Nova Scotia in June.

Equal Pay Day Event on Campus
April 11th | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Front of Stauffer Library (corner of University Avenue & Union Street)
Free literature, swag, and snacks!

Equal Pay Day symbolizes how far into the new year women need to work to earn what men earned in the previous year! Come out and show your support for closing the Gender Wage Gap! Sponsored by AMS, PSAC 901, Queen’s University Equity Office, QUFA and USW Local 2010.  Join Us!

Pension Tips and Retirement Planning Sessions
If you are planning on retiring in the next few years, it’s a good idea to work through the details in advance of the big day! Join us for a hands-on session where you can work at a computer to explore some of the online retirement tools. Members only need to attend 1 session.
Session #1: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 12:05-12:55pm | Jeffrey Hall | Room 156
Session #2: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 12:05-12:55pm | Jeffrey Hall | Room 156
Join Us!

Know Your Pay Stub and Pension Statement Sessions
We will be holding 2 hands on sessions to help you verify your deductions and benefits, as well as your Estimated Minimum Guaranteed Pension calculation from your Pension Plan.
Session #2: , Wednesday May 10, 2017 | 12:05pm-12:55pm | Jeffrey Hall | Room 156
Session #1: Friday, March 31, 2017 | 12:05pm-12:55pm | Jeffrey Hall | Room 156
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Queen’s far from Canada’s “best employer” – The Queen’s Journal
“Last week, Queen’s was cited as Canada’s best employer by Forbes magazine. This assessment may ring true for some workers at Queen’s, however for many others it sounds like a Beaverton headline.

While Queen’s may provide stable and dignified work for some, many others are still personally experiencing the alarming state of precarious work in Ontario. This is work which is low-wage, insecure and lacking in basic benefits like paid sick days.

…[W]e need to face facts: precarious employment is a major issue in Ontario, and Queen’s is a part of the problem.” Leslie Jamieson, PSAC 901
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Tuition Support and Childcare Support Plan Applications | Due Soon
Tuition Support Plan and Childcare Support Plan applications for winter 2017 are due Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  Click here to access links to the HR tuition and childcare application systems.

Bargaining Blaze #12 | Ratification Vote Results
Yesterday, the Local 2010-01 Academic Assistants met to review and vote on the tentative final offer from the Employer. We are pleased to announce that by majority vote, Steelworkers have voted to accept the offer. Click here to review a copy of the tentative agreement. Please email us at contact@usw2010.ca if you have questions.

Bargaining Blaze #10 | Ratification Vote
Meeting Details

The final conciliation meeting between USW 2010-01 (Academic Assistants) and the Employer was held on February 2nd, at which time we reached a tentative agreement. Following conciliation, several logistical details needed to be clarified and set in motion. The Bargaining Committee will present the tentative agreement to Members for review and a ratification vote on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at the Union Office located at 154 Albert Street. Please email us at contact@usw2010.ca if you have questions.

Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $10,000 for New Brunswick Ice Storm
BATHURST, N.B. – The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $10,000 to local food banks in the Acadian Peninsula to assist communities ravaged by the Jan. 24-25, 2017 ice storm. Many residents in the region had to endure more than a week without power. Click here for more details. Thank you Local 2010 Members for contributing to this Fund. Your 3 cents/hour reaches far and wide!

Tentative Agreement Reached for Academic Assistants!
Late on Thursday February 2, 2017, a tentative agreement was reached with the Employer. The agreement is subject to ratification by Local 2010-01 and the Employer.  Ratification details and meeting date to follow.

USW/Queen’s HR Joint Communication on Job Evaluation Project
January 31, 2017 | Project Milestone achieved
The Working Group on Job Evaluation (WGJE) recommended in June 2016 new job evaluation tools. In December 2016, Queen’s University and USW Local 2010 approved the recommended tools, which will form the main components for building a new job evaluation system. The WGJE continued to meet in October, November, and December to review the timetable as set out in the collective agreement and to prepare for upcoming project activities. The WGJE met again in January 2017 and will continue to update the community as the project progresses.

2017 Membership Meeting Schedule
Add these dates to your calendar and join us each month to be informed of the latest News & Events of your Local Union.
Click here for the 2017 Membership Meeting Schedule.

January 2017 Membership Meeting Details
Add this date to your calendar and join us later this month to hear the latest News & Events of your Local Union.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 12:05pm | KINE Building | Room 101

USW Local 2010 is now hosting District 6 (D6) Education Courses in our Union Office here at 154 Albert Street.  Let us know if you are interested in registering for a course by emailing contact@usw2010.ca for registration information.  D6 Course information can be found at: http://www.usw.ca/districts/6/education.

New Steward/Return To Work (RTW) Representative Structure
We have revised our Steward/RTW Rep Structure. Click here to review the details and update your records. Your Steward/RTW Reps assist you in handling complaints, attending discipline meetings, filing grievances, layoffs, harassment investigations, as well as providing advice, advocacy and overall general support. To find out who your Steward/RTW Rep is and how to contact them, click the link above.

Tri-Awards Celebration | February 27, 2017
Each year the Equity and Human Rights Office gives out awards in the areas of equity, human rights and accessibility. This year in honour of the 175th anniversary of Queen’s, the Equity Office is focusing on alumni as recipients of these awards.

In addition to handing out the awards on February 27th, 2017 each of the recipients will be giving a brief talk on the topic of Equity, Human Rights and Accessibility – What Does It Mean To You?   Click here for more details. Please RSVP to the Equity Office (equity@queensu.ca) by February 16, 2017 if you wish to attend.

The Academic Assistants are still in Bargaining/Conciliation!


Bargaining Committee – Academic Assistants
Local 2010-01 | Support your Committee
Jane Russell Corbett, Unit Chair | Julia Savage, Member | Lori Vos, Member | John Goldthorp, USW Staff Representative

Assisting the Bargaining Committee
Briana Broderick, Vice-President, 2010 | Kelly J. Orser, President, 2010

Watch Twitter and Facebook for updates! 

Bargaining Reference Sheet for Academic Assistants
For a quick guide to the bargaining process please see our Bargaining Reference Sheet below. Currently, we are in the second stage of the bargaining process referred to as conciliation. Click on the image below for more details.


Collective Agreement
A copy of our Collective Agreement (CA) is posted online for your reference at:
http://usw2010.ca/member-resources/collective-agreements-and-seniority/.  This CA is in effect January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018. Article 29 of the CA provides Members with an electronic copy of the contract, but you can request a printed copy from HR if you wish. Please contact your Client Services Advisor in HR by email if you would like a printed copy.  Email us at contact@usw2010.ca if you have any questions.

Thank you Steelworkers!
Steelworkers Donate $1,000 to Community over the Holiday Season
For the third year, Local 2010 remembered the Family and Children Services (FLA) Tree of Hope campaign.  Picture: Executive Director Steve Woodman (FCS of FLA) and Kelly Orser President.

USW Local 2010 Does it Again!
Steelworkers Donate $6,000 to Food Banks in Kingston Area this Holiday Season
The Gananoque Food Bank, Kingston Food Sharing Project, Partners in Mission Food Bank, and Martha’s Table all received $1,500 this morning from the USW Local 2010 Humanity Fund. Cheques were presented by Jill Hodgson, Humanity Fund Representative and John Goldthorp, USW Representative on behalf of the Local. Thanks Steelworkers!presentation1