Monthly Archives: June 2011

OCUFA Report: June 22, 2011.

Tentative agreement at Laurier, Brescia launching certification drive, unanimous strike mandate vote at Western A tentative agreement covering contract academic staff at Wilfrid Laurier University was reached early last Thursday morning. A mediator from the Ontario Ministry of Labour had … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Petition against Government Interference in Collective Bargaining

Email from LabourStart, 22 June 2011: As trade unionists we understand that the right to free collective bargaining without interference from the state is fundamental to what we do. When the state interferes on behalf of an employer our rights … Continue reading

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Negotiations: FAQ # 3

Where do we stand currently in relation to the possibility of a lockout or strike? The following 5 conditions would need to have been met before any chance of a strike or lockout: First, QUFA, the Employer, or both would … Continue reading

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Negotiations 2011: FAQ 2

1. What is a No-Board Report? 2. What happens to our Collective Agreement during Conciliation? 3. Is Conciliation the same as Arbitration?

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Negotiations 2011: FAQ

1. Are Negotiations Continuing? As of today, June 16, yes. Both sides continue to negotiate in an effort to achieve a collective agreement. Negotiations usually continue even after a strike vote. 2. What is Conciliation? Conciliation is the process in … Continue reading

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Guest comment.

John Holmes writes, “Please Note that the following sentence in the OCUFA report–‘But here’s the thing: the Queen’s pension plan would likely not qualify for solvency relief under Ontario’s new pension regulations.’–is INCORRECT.

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OCUFA Report: Why the “crisis” in university pension plans?

A disturbing trend is showing up at faculty bargaining tables across the province with more and more university administrations demanding pension concessions. They claim that pension plans are “underfunded,” and so pension plan members must increase their contributions, accept reduced … Continue reading

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OCUFA Data Check: Are Ontario university pension plans insolvent?

The Ontario government requires that every pension plan in Ontario regularly assess whether a plan would have enough money to pay for the benefits promised to plan members, should a plan have to wrap up operations immediately. At the height … Continue reading

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OCUFA Report June 15, 2011: Queen’s administration files for conciliation

Queen’s administration files for conciliation, employer demands for pension concessions on the rise. Negotiations at Queen’s University have entered a new phase, with the employer filing for conciliation a day after tabling concession demands — including pension restructuring and below-pattern … Continue reading

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