QUFA and Queen’s agree to tentative deal

Potential strike action by faculty averted at Queen’s

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The groups agreed on a three-year term.

After eight months of bargaining and negotiations, Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) and Queen’s University have come to a tentative deal with respect to their labour contracts. 

A QUFA alert and social media post announced the deal on the evening of Feb. 10. In the alert, the union mentions many outstanding issues have been resolved, including agreeing on a three-year term from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025. A strike has been averted. 

“We have made substantive gains in EDII and for Librarians and Archivists, and we have successfully resisted University concessions on copyright, teaching day, and requirements to engage in applying for research grants,” the QUFA alert said.

Annual pay increases—known as ATB increases—were successfully negotiated at rates hovering around three per cent, according to QUFA. The base stipends of adjuncts will see an increase in the new deal.

In the same alert, the bargaining team thanked QUFA members for their engagement in the process and for the strike vote and solidarity actions. They also extended thanks to the executive team and job action committee.

In an online update, the University said they’re pleased the tentative agreement has been reached with QUFA to renew the collective agreement. Both groups—Queen’s and QUFA—must now ratify the agreement. 


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