On February 9, 2016, MUNACA and McGill signed a new collective agreement. Negotiations between the union and the university took just four short months – a real achievement in the complex world of labour negotiations – and the new contract will be in place until November 30, 2018.
“MUNACA’s members do tremendous work,” said Michael Di Grappa, Vice-Principal (Administration & Finance). “Many of their contributions are made behind the scenes, but the work they do is a big part of the University’s success – both inside and outside of the classroom.
On Oct. 30, the McGill Course Lecturers & Instructors Union (MCLIU) and McGill signed their first collective agreement. The new agreement will last three years and covers salary, benefits, leave and a wide range of other issues.
McGill University has agreed on all aspects of a new collective agreement with three bargaining units represented by SEU: Trades (Downtown Campus); Powerhouse (Downtown Campus); Trades & Powerhouse (Macdonald Campus). At a date to be determined, the Union will invite its membership to general assembly to vote on the new document.
McGill University and the MUNACA negotiating committee have agreed on all aspects of a new three-year collective agreement. At a date to be determined, the Union will invite its membership to general assembly to vote on the new document. The parties have agreed not to communicate the contents of the agreement until the vote has taken place.
An agreement in principle was reached between the parties, and the Union’s executive will submit it to members for ratification on December 8. After just under six months and slightly more than a dozen negotiation sessions, the negotiating committees agreed on all monetary and non-monetary aspects of the new collective agreement.
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.