KINGSTON, ON, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Tuesday, November 15th marks the
start of collective bargaining toward a first collective agreement for
close to 1,150 support staff at Queen's University who are new members
of the United Steelworkers (USW).
One of the largest sets of labour negotiations taking place in Ontario,
it follows new collective agreements with Queen's ratified this past
summer by faculty (represented by QUFA) and by other employee groups
(represented by CUPE).
The Queen's staff carry out a wide array of key jobs at Queen's in
support of the key administrative operations of the university and the
delivery of its academic mission.
"Queen's staff are a vital part of the University's successes and we
have real issues to address in negotiations", said Deb Stirton-Massey,
a Queen's employee in the History Department and a member of the
elected bargaining committee, "Better and fair pay, retirement
security, and real consistency in workplace policies are what staff are
looking for. "
"Bargaining means that staff have a voice and we are ready to use it to
help Queen's move ahead as a better place to work," said Carol
Kavanaugh, a Queen's employee in the Faculty of Arts & Science office
and also a member of the bargaining committee.
"We will work hard toward a good agreement with Queen's," said Peggy
McComb, the USW's Kingston region bargaining representative, "We've
been patient in waiting for Queen's to get to the table. Queen's staff
have been patient too. They have fallen behind at Queen's for over a
decade. It will be up to Queen's to set the tone for these
negotiations. For our part, we'll work hard toward real solutions."
The staff joined the USW after a campaign culminating in a vote count in
December 2010. They formed USW Local 2010, named for the year of their
victory. In mid-March the staff elected a bargaining committee of
seven (7) colleagues and followed that by taking part in a
comprehensive on-line survey of their bargaining priorities. The
employee committee and USW bargaining experts have spent the last few
months pulling together proposals for bargaining.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Peggy McComb, USW Local 2010, 613-532-3232 / 613-546-1177