Q&A on Changes to Some Postdocs' Status

Some McGillians have shared concerns about the impact of the government’s ruling on postdocs – specifically regarding the classification of some McGill postdocs as employees, and the payroll deductions and employer fees that this classification entails. McGill shares many of these concerns. And while we must abide by provincial law and apply these changes, we hope to at least clarify the situation as best we can.

Published: 9Dec2016

Centraide Bake Sale on Nov. 22

You can help McGill reach its $500,000 goal for this year’s Centraide campaign by checking out the annual bake sale held in the lobby of 688 Sherbrooke on Tuesday, November 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event is organized by McGill’s Human Resources, Information Technology Services and School of Continuing Studies. In addition to baked goods, sandwiches and drinks will be offered. 

You can also contribute to the event by bringing food or drinks to sell.

Published: 10Nov2016

Intensive two-day discussions with SEU (facilities)

On February 24 and 25, the parties engaged in two intensive days of negotiations.  They discussed monetary items and will continue discussing this topic at upcoming meetings.  The parties turned their attention to discussing still unresolved non-monetary items such as sick days and change in pay frequency. 

The parties also discussed forming a committee on pay equity. This committee, which will hold separate meetings, will focus on the effects of the application of pay equity in managing the collective agreement.

Published: 3Mar2015

McGill named a top employer for seventh straight year

For the seventh consecutive year, McGill has been named one of Montreal’s Top Employers, as selected by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

Published: 24Feb2015

Talks with MCLIU course lecturers and instructors now in arbitration

On February 3rd and 4th, at the union’s request, negotiations were held in the presence of a government appointed arbitrator.  At these last two bargaining sessions, the parties discussed monetary matters.  At the February 4th meeting, the union rejected the University’s proposal to increase on January 1st of this year the value of a “standard” contract (39 contract hours) from $7,200 to $7,600 and to guarantee bringing it to a minimum of $8,000 on January 1st, 2018.

Published: 17Feb2015

Meeting with SEU (facilities) focuses on wages

At the February 4 session with SEU (facilities), the parties started discussing how to approach negotiating wages. The university accepted to present a detailed proposal on what the approach would resemble at the next meeting, set for February 10. 

Published: 17Feb2015

Talks with SEU (trades) focus on work-life balance

At the February 3 session with SEU trades, the parties pursued their discussion of temporary alternative work arrangements (TAWA), more particularly as it relates to work-life balance.  The union agreed to present a written counter-proposal on this matter at the next meeting, set for March 11.

Published: 17Feb2015

Discussions with AGSEM TAs on discrimination and harassment

At the February 2 session with AGSEM TAs, the university proposed an amendment to the clause on discrimination and harassment, in response to the union’s concerns about having information on all possible recourses at their disposal in such circumstances.  The parties were unable to reach an agreement.

Published: 17Feb2015

Discussions continue with AMUSE floor fellows on ‘purpose of the agreement’

At the January 23 session with AMUSE floor fellows, the parties discussed the inclusion in the collective agreement of descriptions of roles and responsibilities and values. More specifically, the union wants the focus to be on harm reduction and anti-oppression as key issues they must deal with in their work.

Published: 17Feb2015

Talks resume with AGSEM TAs

The parties returned to the bargaining table on January 12. The university gave the union the French version of the agreed to article on selection and appointment; it will be reviewed by the union and should be ratified at the next meeting. The parties reviewed the list of resolved items and discussed some of the pending items. This provided a clear common understanding of the status of negotiations and plans for upcoming topics.

Published: 14Jan2015