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
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.
It has come to the Bargaining Team’s attention that on the Queen’s Labour Page, it says that we are currently in conciliation. We want to assure members that this is NOT correct. As per USW standard procedure, when we submitted our notice to bargain, we also filed for the possibility of future conciliation dates, so we could secure the conciliation officer who is most familiar with the university sector – Greg Long. This is a proactive approach just in case one of the parties feels that conciliation is necessary while the overall process is occurring. Currently, we are still in the first stage of the bargaining process, referred to as negotiations. Visit our Bargaining Page for more details.
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).