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The first meeting was held on June 12. The parties introduced their respective negotiating teams. They exchanged their set of proposals and discussed how the bargaining process should unfold. The parties also agreed on a shared communications approach throughout the bargaining process.
McGill’s postdoctoral fellows received their accreditation from the Commission des relations du travail on June 9, 2015. They become the third bargaining unit of AMURE/PSAC, which already includes research associates and research assistants.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 mo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.