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Conciliation meetings with AMUSE floor fellows on May 27 and 29

Since the last meeting on March 20, the parties met for the first time in the presence of the conciliator appointed by the Department of Labour. The conciliator invited the parties to present their respective views of the elements that are holding back the advancement of negotiations.

Published: 4Jun2015

Talks with AGSEM TAs suspended for the summer

The parties met briefly on May 23 in the presence of the conciliator appointed by the Department of Labour. The meeting served to assess whether an agreement could possibly be reached at this time.

Since it was not possible to reach an agreement, the parties decided to pause for the summer. The pending items are: discrimination and harassment clause, protection of teaching assistants’ hours, wage increases and duration of the agreement. The parties will reconvene in conciliation on September 1st.

Published: 26May2015

Negotiations now under way with AMUSE

The university met with AMUSE/PSAC non-academic casuals on May 19 where the parties presented their respective set of proposals. Both sides’ bargaining committees were present for the start of negotiations. The parties also discussed how the bargaining process should unfold and agreed on a shared communications approach following each bargaining session. The parties later agreed on four dates for bargaining sessions leading up to mid-July.

Published: 26May2015

2015 benefits statement now available

Your 2015 benefits statement is now available on MINERVA.  To access your benefits statement, log in to MINERVA, go to the Employee menu, select Benefits menu, then select Your Benefits statement. This statement includes information about your personal benefits coverage paid by you and the university in 2014. It also describes the various benefit plans and programs available to plan members.

Published: 22May2015

Talks continue with AGSEM TAs in conciliation

The parties met for a day and a half day on May 12 and 13. They continued to discuss and review texts concerning some pending non-monetary items. 

The parties also discussed in great detail the reasoning behind their demands and the employer’s offers relative to monetary parameters.  Further discussion will be required before an agreement can be contemplated and the parties have agreed to meet next week. The parties will continue to negotiate in the presence of the government appointed conciliator.

Published: 21May2015

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