Unionization vote inconclusive

Dispute over voting eligibility continues

A vote on Wednesday for Queen’s staff union representation by the United Steelworkers of Canada is inconclusive.

The vote was held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Wallace Hall.

The Queen’s News Centre reported that only 688 ballots out of the 1339 cast were counted after a dispute between the University and the union about who is eligible for the vote.

The United Steelworkers applied to represent only the general staff. The University administration thinks the bargaining unit should include Research, Contract and Grant staff, who have been covered by the same HR policies, benefits programs and salary structures for more than 20 years.

The ballots that were counted included only those that were of no dispute. Of those 688 ballots, 381 were for certification, 306 were against certification and one was spoiled.

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