Dear colleagues and fellow USW members,
On Tuesday May 22, your union filed an application for conciliation with the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Our request for the assistance of a conciliation officer to help resolve our differences with the Administration is meant to help spur more progress toward our first agreement.
This is a standard step in most labour negotiations once the bulk of issues have been resolved and only certain key issues remain unresolved. Requesting a conciliator is not unexpected in large, complex negotiations such as ours.
The union and the administration have requested that the Ministry appoint a senior conciliation officer who is familiar with the post secondary sector.
It should be noted that we have 8 more days of bargaining scheduled prior to June 30. We will continue working towards the resolution of the outstanding issues in direct bargaining with the administration. However we will use the services of the conciliation officer on some of those scheduled days. The process also allows the parties to set further dates with the conciliation officer if we think it useful at that time.
See the bottom of this email for a diagram showing where conciliation fits in the process toward a fair agreement for staff.
Membership meeting – Tuesday, May 29 – Ellis Auditorium
Please plan to attend a membership meeting on Tuesday, May 29, at 12 noon in Ellis Hall Auditorium to hear an important update on bargaining, learn more about conciliation and discuss our next steps.
Did you get your copy?
Our new full-colour bargaining newsletter was recently delivered through campus mail.
The newsletter helps us assess the accuracy of the list of staff in our bargaining unit that was provided to us by the administration. If you did not receive your copy, it may mean we have inaccurate contact information for you. We want to ensure we have accurate contact information on all members in our bargaining unit prior to reaching our first collective agreement, so drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you did not receive your copy!
Show your support
Inside your newsletter was a “Queen’s works because we do” poster to show your support for staff. Please post this in your work area! Send a note to email@example.com if you have bulletin boards or other areas where you can post more of these. The posters raise visibility for the importance of staff achieving equity with other employee groups at Queen’s. As we move closer to achieving our collective agreement, it is important to show that staff are united behind our bargaining team in pushing for fairness, equity and respect for the work we do.