Admin & governance news
The 2003 McGill Centraide Campaign is pleased to announce that you can contribute to Centraide by payroll deduction until January 15, 2004. You may either use the traditional paper method or the online pledge form. A downloadable donation card is also available on the Centraide website. Be among those who help people help people!
McGill University's unionized administrative and support staff employees represented by MUNACA have voted to reject the University's contract offer and to give their union a mandate to exercise pressure tactics up to and including strike action.
Carol Cumming Spears said a lot of disputes that crossed her desk as ombudsperson could have been avoided with clear rules, better communication and more respect on all sides.
Last summer, the University launched an ambitious integrated planning exercise. In addition to consultation with the Deans, the exercise continued with three presentations that outline the process: "Planning and Priorities Overview", a presentation to the Board of Governors; "The New Planning Cycle - Questions and Answers", a presentation to Senate; and "The Planning Process", a presentation to Management Forum. Before the end of this academic year, Deputy Provost Anthony C. Masi and Provost Luc Vinet plan to have a University-wide strategic planning document. In due course, they plan to circulate drafts and invite the community to provide input.
The Department of Human Resources is pleased to announce that online registration is now available for Staff Development courses. A McGill ID and Minerva PIN are required.
Former Cabinet Minister and current Secretary-General of the OECD Donald Johnston in receiving an honorary degree at the October 23 convocation. In addition to his many political achievements, the McGill alum is a former roommate of Leonard Cohen's.
Despite the cold, blowing rain, hundreds of MUNACA members turned up at the Roddick Gates on October 21 to express their displeasure with the administration's position on contract negotiation. Chanting slogans and wielding placards, the demonstrators marched from the gates to demonstrate in front of the James Administration building. MUNACA represents 1,500 clerical and technical staff, library assistants and nurses. The university is asking staff to work more hours and has proposed eliminating some paid holidays.