Labour relations updates
The university and the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) have both ratified a first, four-year deal for the nurses in the Queen’s Family Health Team.
A tentative agreement was reached earlier this month through conciliation.
This is the second group of university employees to reach a collective agreement with the university within the last six weeks. Queen’s and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) concluded a first, three-year deal for graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Teaching Fellows (TFs) last month.
Conciliation with the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) began this week. In conciliation, the parties are assisted by a provincially-appointed Conciliation Officer as they work through outstanding issues. The university’s goal is to reach a negotiated settlement.
Conciliation continued last Thursday and Friday with the three locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) that collectively represent approximately 430 staff who are technicians (Local 254), library technicians (Local 1302) and a number of employees in Physical Plant Services, Residence Operations and Athletics & Recreation (Local 229). After two days of talks, the two parties are taking a break to consider next steps.
The process continues at the Ontario Labour Relations Board between the university and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) relating to a certification vote by post-doctoral fellows (PDFs) in November 2010. The ballots have not yet been counted, because it’s not clear whether or not the union had support from 40 percent or more of the bargaining unit when it applied to represent PDFs. The Labour Board will decide this issue and if it finds the union did have 40 percent support, the ballots will be counted. The timing of these things will be determined by the Labour Board, but will likely happen within the next few weeks.
Mediation/arbitration discussions about the membership of the new staff bargaining unit continues this week between the United Steelworkers of Canada (USW) and the university – some positions identified by the university need to be determined to be either in or out of the bargaining unit.
The university has provided USW with its proposed compensation adjustments for 2010 and 2011 for grades 2-9 bargaining unit employees and these talks are also continuing.
For general support staff who are not members of the USW bargaining unit and who are represented by the Queen’s University Staff Association (QUSA), the university and the QUSA executive continue talks focusing on compensation and benefits for 2010 and 2011.
All labour relations-related news at Queen’s can now been found at www.queensu.ca/labournews. The site will be updated regularly with the latest information and will include answers to frequently asked questions.