GUELPH, ON, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - University of Guelph administrative
and technical employees, members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local
4120, have ratified a three-year collective agreement with the
The new contract, covering 900 administrative and technical staff, was
ratified by union members in voting Wednesday and Thursday.
"This agreement improves wages, job security and working conditions and
establishes a groundbreaking process aimed at ensuring long-term
pension sustainability and retirement security for our members," said
USW Local 4120 President Wendy Morley.
The pension agreement between USW Local 4120 and the University of
Guelph follows a similar deal reached earlier this month between the
University of Toronto and its technical and administrative staff, also
represented by the USW.
"USW and University of Guelph officials will work over the next three
to examine pension sustainability issues and recommend options for
reform," said Steelworkers Area Coordinator Sean Logan.
Options will include the creation of a Jointly Sponsored Pension Plan
(JSPP) - a defined benefit plan in which employers and members share
responsibility for plan governance and funding, Logan said. Any reforms
to the pension plan will have to be negotiated and approved by affected
"Our union and our members are committed to proactive and innovative
approaches to ensure retirement security for workers who have
negotiated and paid for their pensions over decades," said Marty
Warren, the USW's Ontario Director.
SOURCE: United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Marty Warren, USW Ontario Director, 416-243-8792
Wendy Morley, President, USW Local 4120, 519-766-4120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean Logan, USW Area Coordinator, 905-629-4991 ext. 225, email@example.com
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org