Preparations to bargain with the Employer for Support Staff later this term have begun.  Review the information below to familiarize yourself with the details.

Collective Agreement
The 2010 Collective Agreement for General Support Staff expired
December 31, 2021.

Notice to the Employer
The Union delivered our notice to bargain to the Employer in October 2021, 90 days before the expiration of the agreement, in accordance with the Labour Relations Act.

It’s time to negotiate a better Collective Agreement
The role of the bargaining committee is to negotiate the best possible
collective agreement that reflects the priorities of the membership.

Bargaining Committee Composition
There will be 7 positions on the Bargaining Committee, the President plus 6 Members, with 3 alternates. An alternate will replace a committee member in the event that a member cannot fulfill their duties. The election will establish the 6 committee positions and alternates.

To be eligible for election to the Bargaining Committee, Members
must be in ‘good standing‘, meaning they must be dues-paying
members of the Local 2010 bargaining unit (Support Staff).

Bargaining Committee Responsibilities

  • Survey the membership regarding bargaining issues; 
  • Development, review and revision of bargaining proposals;
  • Ensure members’ priorities and concerns are reflected in the proposals;
  • Attend negotiations at the bargaining table as a key part of the union team;
  • Decide which proposals to withdraw, which ones to revise and which ones to retain during negotiations;
  • Recommend acceptance or rejection of a tentative agreement and explain to the membership how their priorities and concerns are reflected in the settlement.

Bargaining Committee Nominations & Elections
The nomination period for Bargaining Committee Membership opened August 31, 2021 and closed on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  Five nominations/self-nominations were submitted by the deadline.  Based on this, all nominations received were verified for eligibility and acclaimed. No election process was necessary.

Committee Composition
There are normally 7 positions on the Bargaining Committee; President plus 6 elected/acclaimed Members and 3 alternates. An alternate can replace a committee member in the event that a member is unable to fulfill their duties.

As per the USW Constitution, the USW Executive Board is able to appoint a 7th Committee Member and up to 3 alternate committee positions. Additional appointments have now been finalized. Please review the details below to see who will be representing you this round of bargaining with the Employer.

Connie Boisvert
My name is Connie Boisvert.  I have worked at Queen’s University for 11 years.  I began my career at Queen’s as a Senior Front Desk Representative with the Residence Department, Housing and Ancillary Services Department.

About me, I like to make a point of creating a positive inclusive work environment.  In 2016, and for the following 4 years, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Queen’s Event Services in a Career Development Position. I very much enjoyed my time with the Event Services Team. I am proud to be a member of the Bargaining Committee to help USW achieve a fair and beneficial contract between the Membership and our Employer.

During my time here I have noticed some items I would like to suggest be included in our Collective Agreement.  This would be my first hands on experience with bargaining, but I am confident I am up for the challenge. I recently was involved in preparing a JCQ Appeal for myself and my coworkers with the same job description.  I have enjoyed working through this process and know I would be a good candidate for the bargaining committee.

I do appreciate the importance of unions and am grateful for this challenge and opportunity to participate in the process of negotiations.

Briana Broderick
Briana Broderick has served USW Local 2010 in a full-time capacity since 2014.  She is currently the full time Vice President and Senior Grievance Officer, whose main portfolios include grievances, arbitrations and settlements, and return to work and accommodation, as well as Member Services.

Bri served on the 2015, and 2018 Bargaining Committees, and acted as a Co-Chief Negotiator for the 2020 USW 2010-01 Academic Assistant Collective Agreement bargaining.  She was also a key player during the recent Job Evaluation grievance settlement and negotiations. Having experienced several rounds of bargaining as a committee member and having acted as a Co-Chief Negotiator during the latest AA bargaining, in addition to her daily work of negotiating individual Minutes of Settlement, Minutes of Agreement and Minutes of Understanding, Bri feels that she has a unique skill set that would be an asset to the bargaining team.

Further, as a full-time officer, Bri is aware of the issues surrounding some of the articles in the Collective Agreement, as well as areas of deficit that need to be addressed.  Outside of the Local, Bri serves as the Next Generation and Political Action Coordinator for District 6.  Bri has an HBA BEd/IS from Lakehead University and an MA in History from Queen’s.  She is very excited at the prospect of representing her union in bargaining!

Sarah Bunting
Hello! My name is Sarah, and I am very excited to be running to serve on USW’s upcoming Bargaining Committee.  I’ve worked at Queen’s for about 5 years now and have served on the USW Executive during this time as Guide, and now as Recording Secretary.  I have also served as a USW Steward for the past 3 years.  I currently work in the Faculty of Arts & Science, Student Services Division as the Academic Consideration Manager, but have worked in multiple departments at Queen’s, which helps me to understand the different landscapes our employees experience.  Being a Steward has also helped me to understand the common issues and difficulties faced by staff members on our campus.

I think I would be a great candidate to represent USW in the upcoming bargaining committee as advocacy is my passion!  I’m a strong advocate for equity staff groups on campus and am on the organizing committees for two ERGs, Queen’s Women’s Network (QWN) and Queen’s University Association for Queer Employees (QUAQE).  I currently oversee QWN’s mentorship program and was instrumental in the revival of the QUAQE group over the last 2 years.  I also am just starting my term on the Senate Educational Equity Committee, and just finished my term on the Built Environment Advisory Group (BEAG) where I advised on new builds and large projects on campus to ensure accessibility of the built environment in these projects.

If elected to the bargaining committee, I am passionate to hear your input on what types of changes our members want to see brought forward.  I have strong advocacy, persuasion and negotiation skills built through my previous experiences and will be able to use these to help us negotiate our next collective agreement.  If you have any questions or want to let me know what you think is important in this upcoming round of bargaining, please contact me at!

Nathan Vatcher
Nathan Vatcher is on a full-time release from the Student Awards department with the Office of the University Registrar to work at the Local Office as the Office Administrator and Financial Secretary. Previous to the OUR, Nathan held a position with the Smith School of Business.

Nathan graduated from Queen’s Arts & Science in 2012 with a B.A in Sociology and spent most of his twenties travelling, living in various areas of Canada and exploring different work industries and work models. Nathan worked for the University of Toronto for 2 years with Athletics & Recreation administration as well as for a national non-profit organization called Paddle Canada, Canada’s governing body for recreational paddle sports and water safety.

Nathan is very passionate about work/life balance and mental health wellness of staff. He is also very intrigued by new work trends emerging post-pandemic, particularly in the Gen Z and Millennial worker cohorts.

Nathan looks forward to taking his 4 year Queen’s undergraduate student experience, 2 year University of Toronto staff, 4 years of working in various industries and 1 year Queen’s support staff lived experience to provide insight on how the employer can develop new best practices to attract and retain talent and enhance worker well-being moving forward.

He is honoured to represent you in this year’s collective bargaining.

Catherine Landon

Hello! My name is Catherine Landon (she/her). I have worked at Queen’s University for 20 years and have spent the last 18 of those years with Housing & Ancillary Services, Residence Life & Service in the role of Administrative Secretary.

I am so very excited to be joining the USW 2010 Bargaining Committee and to have the opportunity to contribute to positive, impactful change. I am passionate about employee equity and fairness and employee mental health. I am so very interested in the changing work-scape post-pandemic (emerging work trends, hybrid home-office work arrangements, technology & training, etc.) and how we can implement an improved work-life balance into our employment.

The USW 2010 Bargaining Committee will mark my first hands-on committee experience with our union and I look forward to learning and working hard for you.

Assistance | Support

Kelly J. Orser
President, Bargaining Committee Chair, and Co-Chief Spokesperson

Briana Broderick
Vice-President & Senior Grievance Officer, and Co-Chief Spokesperson

John Goldthorp
USW Staff Representative

Tina McKenna
Bargaining Committee Assistant and Member Services Coordinator

Your Bargaining Committee is developing a series of short surveys (~9-11 minutes).  Please watch your Queen’s email (check your junk mail folder) for more details.

It’s time to negotiate a better Collective Agreement
There is no better place to make your voice heard than at the Bargaining table. Collective bargaining is one of the most important forms of democracy and employee power that exists in our country.  By bargaining together rather than individually, employees like us can shape what happens in our workplace. We get a voice in how we exchange our skills and abilities for benefits, wages, and equitable, safe, and healthy working conditions.

FIRST Short Survey | Focus: Workload, Overtime, Lieu Time, Job Postings, etc.
The first bargaining survey was sent to the Membership on March 3, 2022 and closed on March 9, 2022.

It focused on job postings/recruitment, workload, overtime, and lieu time issues.

Comments from Members are being shared to the Membership on our Local 2010 Facebook and Instagram pages so that everyone is aware of the issues or concerns on these topics.  Be sure to follow us on these pages.

SECOND Short Survey | Focus: RWAs, Mental Health, Work-Life Balance
This bargaining survey will be released the week of March 21st and will close Friday, March 25th at 5:00pm.  This survey should take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete.

It focuses on Remote Work Arrangements, mental health in the workplace, and work-life balance for Members.

Please watch your Queen’s email often (check your junk mail folder weekly) for more details so you can participate in this important process.

Comments from Members for this short survey will also be shared to our Local 2010 Facebook and Instagram pages so that everyone is aware of the issues or concerns on these topics.  Be sure to follow us on these pages.

FINAL Short Survey | Focus: Bill 124 Implications, Contracting Out, Alternative Compensation 
This bargaining survey will be released in mid-May, and should take approximately 9-11 minutes to complete.

It will focus on Bill 124 Implications, contracting out our bargaining Unit work, alternative compensation methods, etc., for Members.

Please watch your Queen’s email often (check your junk mail folder weekly) for more details so you can participate in this important process.

Comments from Members for this short survey will also be shared to our Local 2010 Facebook and Instagram pages so that everyone is aware of the issues or concerns on these topics.  Be sure to follow us on these pages.

Below are a collection of Survey #1 responses

Focus: job postings/recruitment, career mobility, workload, overtime, and lieu time issues

Below are a collection of Survey #2 responses

Focus: RWAs (Remote Work Arrangements), Mental Health in the Workplace and Work-Life Balance