ABOUT US

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

 
Queen’s staff want to face the future – confident, prepared and engaged. Together, we can unite our ideas, our skills and our talents to make Queen’s an even better place to work.

Let’s reach out to staff in all areas of our campus. Together we can build an effective voice in the decisions that affect us at Queen’s while at the same time honouring the best of Queen’s University’s values. It is not anti-Queen’s to be pro-union.

Our goal is to win collective bargaining rights – a set of rights held by other employee groups at Queen’s and at many universities across Canada.

This way, this time, we can succeed.

The USW already represents close to 7,000 university staff at the University of Toronto, at the University of Guelph, and at Toronto’s University of St. Michaels’ College and Victoria University.

The USW blends bargaining expertise, clear analysis of university finances and a strong membership communications network in the university sector.

The result has been significant gains for university staff. With a decade of experience in negotiating with Ontario university administrations, the USW understands the particular issues and concerns of university staff.

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MESSAGE FROM YOUR FELLOW COLLEAGUES AT QUEEN'S

Let’s join together and move forward. It’s time for positive change that benefits both Queen’s staff and Queen’s University.

We can move forward to secure our voice in the decisions that affect us.

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hen resources shift and administration priorities change, Queen’s staff and our livelihoods are affected.

We all play a key role in the success of this distinguished institution. Now is our opportunity to win rights already held by almost every other group of Queen’s employees – collective bargaining rights

By uniting in a Queen’s staff union, we can build a working environment with the consistency, transparency, security and fairness that will match our loyalty and our hard work. We can make a positive choice to protect our work environment. 

By achieving our own collective bargaining rights, we can truly participate in the decisions that affect us. The time is now.

Let’s join together – confident, prepared and engaged. Let’s build a better future for Queen’s staff and for Queen’s University.

We are just some of the Queen’s staff who are helping to shape this campaign. There are many others who are volunteering their time to help out. 

Maureen Bartram, Centre for International Relations
Gillian Berry, Office of the University Registrar

Kathy Hoover, Department of Geography
Carol Johnson, Faculty of Law
Carol Kavanaugh, Faculty of Arts & Science
Karen MacIntyre, School of Environmental Studies
Lisa Marzano, School of Graduate Studies
Lisa Neumann, Faculty of Arts and Science
Cheryl Power, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Mark Publicover, Department of Geography
Phyllis Reid, Faculty of Law
Kelly J. Smith, Faculty of Arts & Science
Debbie Stirton-Massey, Department of History
William Syroid, Central Heating Plant

The USW already represents close to 7,000 university staff at the University of Toronto, at the University of Guelph, and at the University of St. Michaels’ College and Victoria University.

The USW blends bargaining expertise, clear analysis of university finances and a strong membership communications network in the university sector.

The result has been significant gains for university staff. With a decade of experience in negotiating with Ontario university administrations, the USW understands the distinct issues and concerns of university staff.

THE STEELWORKERS IN THE UNIVERSITY STAFF SECTOR

The United Steelworkers - Canada's most diverse union. Our members work in just about every job imaginable, including close to 7,000 members working as university staff at the University of Toronto, the University of Guelph, the University of St. Michael's College and Victoria University.

Staff at the University of Toronto, Victoria University and the University of St. Michael's College are members of USW Local 1998. Staff at the University of Guelph are members of USW Local 4120.

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he Steelworkers' strategic approach to bargaining leads to the best collective agreements for the largest number of employees. We blend solid preparation, clear analysis of university budgets and pension plans with a strong communications network among staff and expertise at the bargaining table.

On June 24, 2008 the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) issued a statement in support of the unionization of Queen's employees. The statement called upon the University administration and QUFA members who manage administrative support staff to remain neutral during this process. Click here to read the statement.


CAMPAIGN BACKGROUND

In April 2008, the Queen's University Staff Association (QUSA) invited 5 unions to make presentations to Queen's staff during April-June 2008. The Working Group on Unionization (WGU) attended all presentations, questioned and interviewed all unions, published and updated a website, held meetings and solicited input from Queen's staff. Based on the input gained from this process the WGU selected the United Steelworkers (USW) as the union of choice to begin a campaign cooperatively with Queen's staff.

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fter being selected as the union of choice, the USW sent this letter to Principal Williams. Click here to read the letter.