The United Steelworkers (USW) reached a four-year collective agreement with Queen’s University.
The deal was ratified by USW Local 2010 members working as office, administrative and technical staff.
More than 1,000 employees at the Kingston, Ontario-based establishment will be affected. The agreement includes monetary increases as well as improvements to contract language.
Under the new deal employees will receive a lump-sum payment in the first year followed by across-the-board increases in each subsequent year. Additionally, employees who have not yet reached the top pay level in their respective wage grids will receive an additional “step” increase in each of the last three years of the agreement.
According to the union, increases for most of the affected workers will average 2.5 per cent annually over the contract’s final three years.
“Our members recognize that we have negotiated a fair deal under very difficult circumstances and that we have made improvements that go beyond other agreements reached in this sector,” said USW Local 2010 president Kelly Orser.
“We are now looking to the future and are committed to working with the administration to improve labour relations, which will benefit employees, the university and most importantly our students.”
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