McGill disappointed by rejection of final contract offer
The University will remain open in the event of labour disruptions. Student services, classes and exams will continue normally and other essential research and administrative services will be maintained.
McGill University's unionized administrative and support staff employees voted yesterday to reject the University's contract offer and to give their union a mandate to exercise pressure tactics up to and including strike action.
"The University will remain open in the event of labour disruptions. Student services, classes and exams will continue normally and other essential research and administrative services will be maintained," said Provost Luc Vinet. "The University, of course, wishes the matter to be quickly resolved."
The University is disappointed because the offer is a very good one and is advantageous to employees. At the same time, the terms of the offer would enable the University to upgrade the support provided to students, professors and teaching and research programs, which is essential for McGill to continue to excel.
The offer, retroactive to December 1, 2002, provides for salary increases of more than 22% over the five-year contract period, including full compensation for four floating holidays that the University is offering to buy back.
For example, the salary of an employee who is earning $33,000 a year would increase to $35,721 immediately, and would increase to $40,227 by December 1, 2006. That compares very favourably to increases in the cost of living and to pay increases negotiated elsewhere. Staff with as little as 7 years service would have 48 paid days off, including vacations, statutory and other holidays. McGill employees would still have more days off in the summer than any other university in Quebec.
The employees are represented by the McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association (MUNACA). The group of 1,400 employees includes library assistants, clerical, technical and other unionized administrative and support staff.