The parties met on September 22 and 23 and made progress on several non-monetary clauses. They reached agreements on the articles pertaining to relations between the parties, intellectual property and conduct of research, copies of the collective agreement, the labour relations committee and the grievance procedure. Following a discussion, the parties agreed that it was not necessary to include additional language related to workers solidarity, academic freedom and McGill governance.
The parties were scheduled to meet again on September 30.
The parties met on September 27 and ratified the French version of several articles that had previously been approved in English. These articles relate to the purpose of the agreement, union recognition and scope of application, union dues, management rights, relationships between the parties, the probationary period, disciplinary measures, administrative dismissal and employment injury.
Members of the Service Employees’ Union (SEU) Local 800 (FTQ) from McGill’s Facilities Management, Student Housing Services, Dining Services and the Faculty Club voted in favour of a proposed new collective agreement at a general assembly held on September 24, 2016. The union, which represents some 350 employees, and the University had reached a tentative agreement in May 2016. This new agreement will be in effect for five years from the day it is signed.
Two other SEU units (Printing Services and Data Centre) will submit new collective agreements to their membership shortly.
The first two negotiation meetings regarding the renewal of the collective agreements of research associates and research assistants – now part of the same accreditation unit – were held on Sept. 15 and 16. The parties agreed to issue joint statements on the progress of the negotiations throughout the process.
Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff – deadline extended
This is to inform you that the deadline has been extended to submit nominations to the Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff (2015-2016). You have until Monday, August 15thto submit your entry.
You have no doubt seen colleagues go the extra mile to deliver on a special project. The award is about recognition but it is also about rewarding these colleagues with a $5,000 cash prize.
Three bargaining units represented by SEU Local 800 (FTQ) (Facilities Management, Student Housing Services, Dining Services & Faculty Club; Printing Services; and Data Centre) have agreed on all aspects of a new collective agreement with McGill University.
The Union and the University will finalize the text of the agreements during the summer, and the proposed agreements will be submitted to membership votes in early fall 2016. The dates of the general assemblies will be communicated by the Union.