Bargaining

Collective Bargaining is one of the most important processes with which we, a unionized local of Graduate TAs and TFs, can engage. It allows us to negotiate the terms and conditions of our employment with the University in the form of a legally-binding contract. Through collective bargaining, we gain meaningful representation, a solidified understanding and appreciation of the work we do, strong avenues for recourse, protection, and gains that enhance our working conditions and overall quality of life.

In April 2010, our Bargaining Committee was nominated and acclaimed at the first General Meeting. A Bargaining Team of 8 (5 primary and 3 alternates) were elected by by the Committee. (Please see the “About Us” section for the name and department of each committee and team member). Negotiation toward our first Collective Agreement has begun with our first meeting dates scheduled for 15 and 16 November 2010. Check back for updates.

Bargaining updates (most recent first):

PSAC local 901 Bargaining Update #7

On April 28 and April 29, your 901 Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to continue negotiations for our first Collective Agreement.

To address the TA and TF demand for real wage increases, we need a commitment from Queen’s that any wage increase will not be offset by a decrease in other sources of funding. Other leading research universities (e.g. University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, McMaster University, etc.) guarantee real wage increases that do not claw back other sources of funding.

To address your benefit demand, we’ve put forward a proposal to the University that would allow us to contribute to the SGPS Health and Dental Plan. This would improve the Plan and assist in its growth and vitality. The proposal may also provide us with an opportunity to offset the cost of UHIP, and other TA/TF medical expenses.

We also resumed discussions but have not reached agreement on the following articles:
“No Discrimination/No Harassment”
“Academic Freedom”
“Intellectual Property”
“Leaves of Absence” (e.g. Parental/Maternity leave)

Your 901 Team strived to reach a final agreement on all issues with Queen’s by the end of April; however, this did not happen. A positive resolve of Queen’s wage-increase practice is essential for us to move forward on all outstanding issues. Queen’s has assured us they will respond on the issue by the end of this week. Their response will determine whether the parties can resume negotiations.

We will keep you posted.

In solidarity,
PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

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PSAC 901 Bargaining Update #6

On April 7 and 8, your 901 Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to continue negotiations for our first collective agreement.

Articles we’ve tentatively signed-off on during this round of negotiations include:

  • Appointments
  • Hours of Work
  • Discipline
  • Pay Administration

In addition we have tentatively signed off on the following items which support the “Appointments” and “Hours of Work” articles:

  • Teaching Assistant Form
  • Teaching Fellow Form

These forms identify the job duties and hours associated with a specific appointment.  They are similar to the Teaching Assistant Agreements already in use by many departments.

At the table, we are continuing in-depth discussions on the “No Discrimination/No Harassment” article. We are waiting for counterproposal language for several articles, including “Academic Freedom” and “Intellectual Property”.  We have submitted a financial proposal to the University but have not begun monetary discussions.

We resume negotiations on 28 and 29 April 2011. We are working to schedule additional dates in May.

Between now and then, the 901 Bargaining Team will continue to meet.

For up-to-date information, please visit our website, www.psac901.org
If you have questions, please email us at psac901@gmail.com

In solidarity,
PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

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PSAC 901 Bargaining Update #5

On 24 and 25 January 2011, and then again on 9 and 10 March 2011, your 901 Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to continue negotiations for our first collective agreement.

To date, we’ve tentatively signed-off on language for approximately 60% of the non-monetary proposals on the table. Articles we’ve tentatively signed-off on during this round of negotiations include:

  • Health and Safety (outlines the joint responsibility to ensure healthy and safe working environments)
  • Holiday and Vacation Pay (outlines employer-recognized holiday dates, and vacation entitlements)
  • Union Representation and Activities (outlines the Union’s ability to choose representatives and to communicate with new and returning members)
  • Union Security (outlines how new grad-student TAs and TFs become members of the Union, and how the Union will collect dues)
  • Correspondence and Information (outlines the types of information the University will provide to the Union for the Union to conduct business, and also outlines the frequency the Union will receive such information

At the table, we are continuing in-depth discussions on Appointments, Hours of Work, and Discipline. We are waiting for counterproposal language for several articles, including Academic Freedom.

We resume negotiations on 7 and 8 April 2011, and then on 28 and 29 April 2011.

Between now and then, the 901 Bargaining Team will continue to meet.
For up-to-date information, please visit our website, www.psac901.org
If you have questions, please email us at psac901@gmail.com

In solidarity,
PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

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PSAC 901 Bargaining Update #4

On 27 and 28 January 2011, your 901 Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to continue negotiations for our first collective agreement.

Our 901 Team proposed new language on “Correspondence and Information,” “Union Representation and Activities,” “Union Security,” “Discipline and Suspension,” “Health and Safety,” and “Appointments.”

At the table, we are continuing in-depth discussions on Appointments. We’ve reached an appreciation for the bulk of Teaching Assistant roles and responsibilities, and we are nearing a similar appreciation for the bulk Teaching Fellow roles and responsibilities.

We resume negotiations on 24 and 25 February 2011, and have additional dates scheduled for 9 and 10 March 2011.

Between now and then, the 901 Bargaining Team will continue to meet.

For up-to-date information, please visit our website, www.psac901.org

If you have questions, please email us at psac901@gmail.com

In solidarity,

PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

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PSAC 901 Bargaining Update #3

On 12 and 13 January 2011 your 901 Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to continue negotiations for our first collective agreement.

Our 901 Team has tentatively signed off on the following articles:

  • Recognition and Exclusion (outlines the Bargaining Unit, graduate-student Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows, represented by PSAC)
  • Management Rights (defines purpose and role)
  • Probationary Employees (establishes the terms and conditions of a bargaining-unit member’s probationary period)
  • No Strike/No Lockout (establishes a provision for strikes and lockouts, words which bear meanings from the Ontario Labour Relations Act, and other applicable statutory Acts, such as the Occupational Health and Safety Act)
  • Grievance Procedure (establishes and outlines legally-binding recourse for bargaining-unit members who experience any work-related dispute arising out of the interpretation, application, administration or alleged violation of the specific terms of the Collective Agreement)

At the table, we are continuing in-depth discussions on Hours of Work and Appointments. We’ve reached an appreciation for the bulk of Teaching Assistant roles and responsibilities, and we are pursuing discussion about roles and responsibilities of Teaching Fellows.

We resume negotiations on 27 and 28 January 2011, and have additional dates scheduled for 10 and 11 February 2011.

Between now and then, the 901 Bargaining Team will continue to meet.

For up-to-date information, please visit our website, www.psac901.org

If you have questions, please email us at psac901@gmail.com

In solidarity,

PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

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PSAC 901 Bargaining Update #2

On 6 December 2010 your Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to continue negotiations for our first collective agreement.

Your 901 team proposed language on “Hours of Work”, and we engaged in preliminary discussions on TA/TF funding.  Further discussion on these matters is contingent upon receiving disclosure from Queen’s, which we expect to have prior to our next meeting.

The day concluded with 901 notifying Queen’s that their continued refusal to pay TF’s their customary annual salary increase resulted in PSAC filing a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Act, alleging a violation of the statutory freeze provisions protecting members of a newly-certified bargaining unit.

We resume negotiations on 12 January 2011, and have additional dates scheduled for the 13, 27, and 28 of January, and more in February 2011.

Between now and then, the 901 Bargaining Team will continue to meet.

For up-to-date information, please visit our website, www.psac901.org

If you have questions, please email us at psac901@gmail.com

In solidarity,

PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

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PSAC 901 Bargaining Update #1

On 15 and 16 November 2010 your Bargaining Team met with representatives of Queen’s to begin negotiations for our first collective agreement.

The 901 team tabled tentative proposals (monetary items are not on the table yet). We’ve tentatively signed off on the following articles:

  • Purpose (establishes the bargaining relationship between members of the unit and the University);
  • Joint Union/Management Committee (establishes and outlines the objectives of a committee comprised of both members of our unit and from Queen’s administration/management); and
  • Personnel File (outlines a bargaining unit member’s access to their personnel file).

Although we’ve reached a tentative agreement on the above articles, they may be subject to change within the course of negotiations. Not until the entire Collective Agreement is signed are those articles solidified as “agreed”.

We resume negotiations on 6 December 2010, and have additional dates scheduled for the 12, 13, 27, and 28 of January 2011.

Between now and then, the 901 Bargaining Team will continue to meet.

If you have questions, please email us at psac901@gmail.com

In solidarity,

PSAC local 901 Bargaining Team

PSAC Local 901 Bargaing Update #1

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