Originally posted on February 8, 2017
On February 6, representatives of the Union and McGill met in the presence of the Arbitrator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, to establish their positions and discuss next steps for negotiations on a first collective agreement. This meeting was held following McGill’s decision not to endorse an agreement that includes both free room & board and wages for work performed.
Originally posted on October 25, 2016.
The parties met on October 14 in the presence of the conciliator appointed by the ministère du Travail.
The employer presented the results of the costing of the monetary demands submitted by the union at the last meeting. The employer answered the union’s questions related to this costing exercise.
The parties met on October 17. The union presented a global counter-offer that, for the most part, aligns with the employer's offer. Some articles still need to be discussed. The employer committed to analyzing the financial impact of the counter-offer before the next meeting, set for November 7.
This update is meant to inform the community about ongoing negotiations and has been validated by the union.
Originally posted on February 10, 2017
On February 9, following the filing of a request for an injunction by AMUSE / Floor Fellows, McGill and the Union appeared in Quebec Superior Court. The injunction, as requested by AMUSE / Floor Fellows, would have required McGill to immediately begin paying an hourly wage to Floor Fellows in addition to the free room and board which they currently receive. This request was denied by the Court. Another hearing date has been scheduled on May 5, 2017 to weigh the merits of the case more fully.
Originally posted on October 26, 2016.
The parties met for a full day on October 24 in the presence of the conciliator. The parties agreed to conduct exploratory discussions on two non-monetary topics and then move on to monetary topics if they managed to agree on the non-monetary topics.
Originally posted on October 28, 2016.
The parties met on October 19 in the presence of the arbitrator appointed by the ministère du Travail. They resumed the discussion they had started at the previous meeting on the rules governing the allocation of contracts to floor fellows, and more specifically, to returning floor fellows.
The parties made progress on the posting and granting of assignments, a discussion which then led them to address performance dialogues. The employer submitted to the union its proposed text for those two articles.
Originally posted on February 13, 2017
Originally posted on October 28, 2016.
The parties met on October 20 and 21. They discussed and agreed on the content of the articles pertaining to leaves without pay, to union activities (non-monetary aspects), to the reimbursement of expenses and to temporary alternate work arrangement.
The parties also agreed on the content of two agreement letters related to Human Resources information systems, as well as McGill ID cards and library access.
Originally posted on November 3, 2016.
The parties met in the presence of the conciliator on Friday, October 28 and resumed their exploratory discussions on the applicability of the article on the posting and the granting of assignments for assignments governed by financial aid programs such as the Work Study Program.
Several proposals were made by each of the parties. The discussions did not however lead to an agreement on this topic.
Originally posted on February 22, 2017
On February 17, the parties met in the presence of a conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour – their second such meeting. McGill presented the Union with a French translation of eight articles agreed upon by both parties in previous meetings, and the Union will review these texts in the coming days. The parties will work together with the aim of finalizing them at the next meeting.