Updates for Academic Assistants
Bargaining Committee – Academic Assistants
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
Your USW 2010-01 Bargaining Committee has worked hard to secure a renewed Collective Agreement for Academic Assistant at Queen’s.
Details are outlined below.
[February 16, 2017] 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. See Bargaining Blaze #12 for more details.
[February 14, 2017] Ratification Vote | Tentative Agreement Details – The Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce that the tentative agreement with the Employer will be presented to the Members for review and a ratification vote tomorrow. Meeting details are Wednesday, February 15, 2017, between 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at the Union Office located at 154 Albert Street. NOTE: if you are unable to attend for the full 2-hours, please still plan to join us as you are able, to hear about the details and vote. We will have Bargaining Committee Members available to assist/review with Members individually if needed. See Bargaining Blaze #11 for more details.
[February 10, 2017] 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, between 12:30pm – 2:30pm, at the Union Office located at 154 Albert Street. See Bargaining Blaze #10.
[February 2, 2017] Tentative Agreement Reached – On Thursday February 2, 2017, a tentative agreement was reached with the Employer. Ratification details and meeting date to follow. See Bargaining Blaze #9.
[November 17, 2016] Conciliation Talks Break Down, No Progress Made – Yesterday the Bargaining Committee met again with the Employer to try and reach agreement on major outstanding items.
The Employer refused to respond to our last offer, made in August 2016, and refused to discuss language proposals unless the Bargaining Committee agreed first to accept the Employer’s initial monetary proposal made in June 2016. Conventional bargaining normally sees both Parties agree to language proposals before moving to monetary proposals.
The Employer’s conduct leaves the Bargaining Committee frustrated and disappointed at this unorthodox approach.
The Employer maintained this strong-arm position despite the fact that almost 900 people have added their names to a Fair Wages Petition in support of a fair contract with the AAs.
With CKWS news cameras watching, the Petition was delivered to the Employer, and the struggle of AAs was highlighted on the Kingston evening news.
No further conciliation dates have yet been set. See Bargaining Blaze #8.
[September 15, 2016] Strike Mandate Meetings – We are now in conciliation with the Employer. The normal approach at this stage of the process, is for the Bargaining Committee to move forward with a Strike Mandate Vote. There will be Strike Mandate Information Sessions held on:
- Wednesday, Sept 21, 2016 [12:00-1:00 pm | Union Office | 154 Albert St]
- Monday, September 26, 2016 [12:00-1:00 pm | Union Office | 154 Albert St]
- Tuesday, October 4, 2016 [12:00-1:00 pm | Union Office | 154 Albert St]
It is only necessary to attend ONE of the sessions above. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #7.
[September 6, 2016] Action Required: Fair Wages Petition – The Bargaining Committee is asking everyone to sign this online Fair Wages for Academic Assistants petition in support of AAs receiving a fair wage rate. To sign the petition go to: https://www.change.org/p/fair-wages-for-academic-assistants-at-queen-s-university. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #6.
[September 1, 2016] Negotiations at Standstill: Action Required – In order to inspire a more just approach, the Bargaining Committee will be flyering and getting signatures of support on a petition during Student Move-In Day, Sunday August 4, 2016 to let students and parents know about the struggles we as AAs are facing. Further, we will be flyering and getting signatures of support on a petition on Union and University St. September 6-8, 2016 from 12-1pm to let other staff and faculty know about the issues we are having at the bargaining table. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #5.
[August 16, 2016] Conciliation Negotiations Stalled – Negotiations with the Employer can’t be accomplished if the Employer refuses to engage in meaningful discussions regarding our issues. Talks broke down last week after the Employer failed to respond to our latest proposal. A number of important issues remain outstanding. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #4.
[August 11, 2016] Conciliation Meetings Have Begun – The Parties are working today and tomorrow (August 11 & 12) with Greg Long, a Conciliation Officer from the Ministry of Labour. During this time, we will attempt to come to a resolution with the Employer on a number of important issues. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #3.
[July 29, 2016] Conciliation Dates Confirmed – The Parties have secured dates with Greg Long, the Conciliation Officer from the Ministry of Labour for August 11 and 12, 2016. During these meetings, we will attempt to come to a resolution with the Employer on a number of important issues. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #2.
[June 13, 2016] Conciliation Officer Called In – Your USW 2010-01 Bargaining Committee for Academic Assistants is working hard to create a Collective Agreement that is fair to everyone: our members and the Employer. Both USW and the Employer agreed late on June 13th, that it was time move to the conciliation process and contact the Ministry of Labour. For a full statement, please see Bargaining Blaze #1.
[June 10, 2016] – We have slowed our progress towards making any significant headway in bargaining, but we are still willing to negotiate and compromise. We are looking for a fair deal – one that works for both us and the Employer.
[June 9, 2016] – More discussions today with the Employer, we have some agreed items, but the most important proposals remain outstanding. We hope that progress will be made soon.
[June 2, 2016] – Proposals were exchanged with the Employer. We are looking forward to meaningful discussions about improving the contract for AAs on campus!
[May 13, 2016] – A date to exchange proposals with the Employer has been set for Thursday, June 2, 2016 (1:00 pm).
[May 2, 2016] – Your bargaining team has been busy writing new language/proposals for the new CBA!
Bargaining Reference Sheet:
For a quick guide to the bargaining process please see our Bargaining Reference Sheet below. Currently, we are about to begin the first stage of the bargaining process referred to as negotiations. Click on the image below for more details.