Bargaining: We negotiate your contracts.

We represent our members in negotiations with their employers to reach what we call a Collective Agreement. Collective Agreements state workers rights and ensures members’ are treated and compensated fairly. We negotiate a new collective agreement for each member unit every three years, click here to read your current collective agreement.

Job Evaluation: We make sure you are fairly paid.

In 2002, Local 1998 began the process of Job Evaluation, wherein every members’ position is defined and classified. Job Evaluation ensures that our members are being recognized and compensated for the full extent of their work. Job Evaluation also clearly outlines opportunities for advancement in any given position.

*Click here for the December 2015 update on Job Evaluation

Click here for Job Evaluation FAQ’s.

Representation: We help you find solutions to your workplace problems.

If you are having an issue at work, we are here to help. First, we will assist you in bringing attention to the issue and try to resolve it informally. If the issue persists we will help you file a grievance. Here are the three stages of a grievance:

1. Negotiation: A union representative will organize and represent you at any or all of the following meetings in order to reach a satisfactory solution to your grievance:
i. Meet with Union, Manager, & HR/LR
ii. Meet with CFO/CAO/Director/Principal, Union & HR/LR
ii. Meet with Union & VP of HR and Equity

2. Mediation: this is the process in which the two parties (the union and the employer) engage in a facilitated discussion about the issue. Depending on the severity of the issue, this step can be skipped.

3. Arbitration: If the parties can not come to an agreement, then a legal arbitrator will hear both sides and deliver a definitive ruling.

Health & Safety: We make sure you work in a safe and healthy environment.

We are here to make sure that you work in a healthy and safe environment. If you see a health or safety hazard, let us know. Whether it’s through training and education or maintenance and renovation, we will resolve the issue.

Grievance Committee: We review, catalogue, and track grievance issues.

The grievance committee is responsible for reviewing active grievances, cataloguing resolved ones, and tracking instances that occur across the university. This committee is made up of stewards and co-chairs.

For more information, email nik.redman@usw1998.ca.