Bargaining Committee

Collective Bargaining Updates


Bargaining Committee Members
Briana Broderick | Spring Forsberg-Lewis | Kelly Orser | Natasha Redknap
Phyllis Reid | Ken Pearce, Alternate | Peggy McComb, USW Staff Representative

Bargaining Blaze Updates:
Check back soon for more updates!

New Collective Agreement Documents

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 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

Bargaining Blaze #6
August 21, 2015 – 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 if you have questions.

Bargaining Blaze #5
July 31, 2015 – Breaking News

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.

Based on this, we are still very much engaged in the bargaining process. As you know, the Pension issue affects all of our Members, and without agreement with the Employer on Pension, all other tentative agreements reached, are null and void.

USW Local 2010 will continue to bargain with the Employer in the coming weeks. A date of August 13, 2015 has been set by the Parties to discuss the Pension issue.

Once we have completed the full bargaining process, and reached tentative consensus on all our Collective Agreement matters, we will schedule a Ratification Meeting with the Membership and present a final offer. At this time, we anticipate this meeting will be held late in August.

The rational for the anticipated timing of the Ratification Meeting is based on several factors. Currently the final date of negotiations has been set for August 13, and any outcomes between the parties would require administrative and logistical details to be taken care of prior to meeting with the full Membership (e.g. preparation of final offer documentation, printing of such, legal and interpretive reviews for accuracy, room reservations, voting and ballot procedures, etc.). On average, once a complete tentative Collective Agreement has been reached between the parties, it can take 2-3 weeks to make the necessary arrangements.

Further, to ensure that the majority of our Members will be able to review and vote on the final offer from the Employer, we believe that late August would see the return of most, if not all, of our Members from their much-deserved vacations. This would allow as many Steelworkers as possible to attend the Ratification Meeting and to participate in the secret-ballot voting process that is so critical to all of us in these final moments.

On their Labour News web site, the Employer has indicated that a tentative collective agreement, pending Pension, has been reached between the parties.

As stated above and by the Employer, this is a significant step toward a new collective agreement for the parties. We seek to remind our Membership that we do not have a final offer as of yet to present for your review. We are still in negotiations with the Employer (conciliation phase), and will continue to keep you updated as the Parties progress.

We encourage ALL Members to continue to watch our website for communications regarding Bargaining. This includes visiting our Job Action Centre to find valuable information.

Members should also visit our Contact Page and fill out the personal email submission form, so that we can communicate with you in the event of a labour dispute.

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 if you have questions.

Bargaining Blaze #4
July 27, 2015 – 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

Bargaining Blaze #3
July 6, 2015 – 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.


Bargaining Blaze #2
June 24, 2015 – 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.

USW filed for conciliation directly after we put in our notice to bargain (Sept 2014) . This assured us of being able to secure, Greg Long, the conciliation officer most familiar with the university sector.

We have been very clear with the Employer that we are, and will continue to be, open to having discussions with them. However, after meeting 14 times with the Employer without a resolution on some major issues, we feel that we need Greg Long’s help to move forward in this process. We remain committed to moving toward a collective agreement that respects the value we add to the university.

For a quick guide to the bargaining process please see this our Bargaining Reference Sheet:

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To review the items for which we continue to seek meaningful dialogue and resolution, please see our Bargaining Blaze #1. We have yet to progress to any monetary discussions (wages).

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

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

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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.

Here are the items for which we continue to seek meaningful dialogue and resolution:

Pension – The Employer refuses to agree to the proposal that would see Queen’s University enter the sectoral Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan (JSSP) as has been done successfully at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto.

Job Evaluation (JE) – We have come a long way in working with the Employer on JE issues, but the Employer is now expressing concern regarding our continued role in this process.

Job Postings and Recruitment – The Employer refuses our proposal to curtail its practice of hiring external applicants over qualified internal employees, at the expense of our members’ career mobility and enhancement.

Term Conversions – The Employer will not convert long-standing term positions to continuing positions. This leads to a reduction in your job security and mobility, as the number of continuing job postings declines.

Schedule Changes – The Employer wants to increase its ability to schedule you to work a non-traditional work week – without paying you overtime. How would that affect your work-life balance?

Averaging – The Employer intends to expand the number of USW members who would be subjected to averaging instead of granting us overtime and lieu time.

Travel Time – The Employer refuses to discuss appropriate compensation for our time spent travelling on university business.

Ability to Defend and Represent our Members – The Employer wants to severely limit our union’s ability to fulfill our legal obligation to defend and represent members by putting unreasonable constraints on releasing members for union work.

The Employer’s unwillingness to meaningfully negotiate these items shows a failure to acknowledge the value you bring to Queen’s. Principal Woolf recently said, “I know that your efforts and the ongoing support that you give our students are tremendously valuable.” Yet, during bargaining, the Employer has been unwilling to recognize the value of our work or enable us to continue to contribute to the university in a meaningful way.

As we all know, support of our bargaining team and of our issues will mean a stronger agreement for all of us. Your continued support is key to achieving the fair contract we all want. Stay tuned for more information and ways to show your support.

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(05.29.15) 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. As a reference, please see the below guide:


(05.27-28.15) Your Bargaining Team is dealing with many proposals and bargaining is moving slowly – it is difficult to proceed quickly when we are dealing with so many issues that have been brought forward by members! We are looking forward to our next dates with the Employer on June 15, 16, and 19, 2015!

(05.25.15) Your Bargaining Team is back at the table with the Employer for more bargaining over 3 days this week! Additional dates are May 27 and 28th, 2015!

(04.29-30.15) Your Bargaining Committee met with the Employer for two full days of bargaining on campus!

(04.27.15) Our 4th day of meeting with the Employer to bargain.

(04.09-10.15) Two days of bargaining between the parties took place on campus. More dates to meet were scheduled for the end of April.

(03.25.15) The Bargaining Team met with the Employer for a ½ day to specifically discuss the Queen’s Pension Plan (QPP). Alex McKinnon from the USW Canadian National Office (CNO) attended this meeting.

(02.27.15) Great first day of bargaining! Your bargaining team is looking forward to the next meeting with the employer!

(02.27.15) Your bargaining team is exchanging proposals today with the employer! Remember, strong support for the bargaining team will mean a stronger contract for all of us!

(02.02-04.15) Your bargaining team has been busy meeting with special groups and writing new language for the new CBA!

(01.21.15) A tentative proposal exchange date has been set for February 27, 2015.