Invitation to start negotiations early with MUNACA/PSAC

The Labour Relations team is getting ready to start negotiations with PSAC/MUNACA for the renewal of their collective agreement which expires on November 30, 2015.

A letter was sent to MUNACA/PSAC last week inviting them to start negotiations as soon as June 16.  The university has offered to engage in intensive negotiations during the summer in order to reach an agreement before the current contract expires in November.

Published: 20May2015

McGill and AGSEM TAs meet in conciliation

The parties met for a half-day on May 4 with the conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour.  This was their first meeting following the one-day strike held on April 16. The conciliator helped the parties clarify the points which still need to be discussed.

Published: 8May2015

Discussions with SEU (trades) on drivers’ rates for snow removal

At the April 23 session, the parties discussed the mechanisms of attributing drivers’ rates during the winter season as more drivers are required for snow removal. The parties discussed the feasibility of having a uniform practice and the same language in the collective agreements of both campuses’ trades groups. This led to an exchange of proposals from each party but no agreement was reached at this time. Since no other negotiation dates are set, the parties are trying to fit extra negotiation days into the calendar before the end of June. 

Published: 30Apr2015

Help recognize outstanding contributions from your colleagues!

If you know of colleagues or teams who did outstanding work this past year, the Principal’s award for administrative and support staff is a great way to recognize their effort. This year, the call for nominations is being launched in April. The deadline to submit entries is Monday, June 15, at 5:00 PM. 

Launching the program earlier eases the process of completing the nomination forms before the summer months, when it becomes more difficult to complete entries with all the required endorsement criteria.

Published: 17Apr2015

More articles and letters of agreement ratified by SEU (facilities)

The parties met for a full day on April 10 and reviewed several articles and letters of agreement pertaining to non-monetary and monetary items which will eventually be integrated in a global settlement.  Items such as work uniforms, shift and other premiums as well as vacation scheduling were reviewed, finalized and ratified by the parties.  Since other non-monetary and monetary elements are still being discussed, the parties agreed to meet on June 15 and 17. 

Published: 16Apr2015

Letter of agreement signed with SEU (trades) on work-life balance

The parties met for a half day on March 25. The university presented the text of a letter of agreement concerning work-life balance. The union reviewed the proposed text and suggested some improvements which were included in the final version, signed by the parties on that day. The next meeting will take place on April 22. 

Published: 13Apr2015

Good progress in talks with SEU (facilities) on monetary and pending non-monetary items

The parties met for a full day on March 23 and discussed at length several non-monetary and monetary elements that had been broached in previous meetings. This led to a proposal and a counter proposal from the parties, leading to significant progress. Since many topics were initiated, the university agreed to put in writing all agreements being contemplated for the parties to review at the next meeting, which will take place on April 10.

Published: 8Apr2015

Update on AGSEM TAs conciliation sessions of March 31 and April 2

The parties met for two half days in presence of the conciliator recently appointed by the Ministry of Labour.  During the first meeting, the parties detailed the progress made during the eleven days of negotiation since August 2014.

Although most of the elements brought forward by the parties at the beginning of negotiations are now resolved and ratified, some unresolved non-monetary items along with all monetary elements were flagged as requiring further discussion. 

Published: 7Apr2015

AMUSE floor fellows respond to key documents (including values document)

Following the March 13meeting, at which time the university presented three key documents – code of conduct (values), roles and responsibilities, article on training and development – during the March 20 meeting, the union indicated its position on these documents.

The union expressed its overall satisfaction with the code of conduct (values) and the roles and responsibilities documents.  With minor adjustments, the parties were able to reach a consensus on these two documents.

Published: 25Mar2015

Agreement with SEU trades on work-life balance

At the March 11 meeting with SEU trades, as agreed, the union presented a proposal concerning ways to facilitate a work-life balance approach at work. This proposal led to several exchanges after which the parties finally reached an agreement. A written proposal will be submitted to the union at the next meeting, set for March 25.

Published: 20Mar2015