Since the last update on January 9th, 7 full day meetings in person and 11 half day online meetings took place between SEU Union representatives for Trades and Powerhouse / Macdonald and Downtown campuses and University representatives.
On Thursday April 30th 2020, AGSEM filed the attached petition for the certification for academic support workers employed by McGill. The academic support workers in the attached list are targeted by this unionization drive.
As the rollout of the Flexible Work Arrangements Pilot Program and the development of a more flexible work culture continues, I am pleased to share two developments, one of which will give all eligible employees additional flexibility and another which will simplify the request procedure for MUNACA employees.
As you may have heard, health authorities announced yesterday a presumptive case of COVID-19 in the Montreal area. It is a case of a person who recently returned from travel abroad.
Despite this, health authorities are still very clear that the risk in Canada is low, and they are not recommending any additional measures to be taken by the general public. Frequent and thorough handwashing, as well as observing appropriate cough etiquette, are still the appropriate behaviours.
Although the novel coronavirus outbreak is accelerating in many parts of the world, the situation remains unchanged in Canada. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, overall risk remains low for Canadians. Currently, no case of the novel coronavirus has been reported in Québec.
Following the MUNACA drive which resulted in a new MUNACA bargaining unit, the Union filed a claim with the Tribunal Administrative du Travail (TAT) that the expired MUNACA Collective Agreement, which had applied to the prior bargaining unit, should apply to employees now part of the new bargaining unit as of August 2, 2019, the date of the TAT’s decision.
The following webpage for members of the McGill community will be updated regularly: www.mcgill.ca/coronavirus/
"Here are some of the reasons why McGill University was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2020):
McGill University encourages employees to take time off to recharge with three weeks of starting vacation allowance, moving to four weeks after only three years on the job -- additionally, the organization offers paid time off during the winter holidays as well as paid personal days, which can be scheduled as needed
As you set your objectives for 2020 with all M and Excluded staff, we want to provide you with a summary of supports, tools and links to the most up-to-date versions of Performance Dialogue documents.
Since the last update on October 29th, six meetings have taken place between SEU Union representatives for Trades and Powerhouse / Macdonald and Downtown campuses and University representatives. The Parties continued their discussion regarding work uniforms, safety shoes and Union bulletin boards; they reached agreements on these matters on October 30th.
After initial discussions in September, it was then agreed that the best way to progress towards reaching an agreement was to work on global proposals including all the elements currently in discussion, rather than discussing items individually.
Since our last update in July, the Parties have met eight times. The meetings provided the Parties with the opportunity to express their views and their respective positions on the content of the Harassment and Discrimination provision. On October 10, the Union requested the assistance of a Conciliator from the Ministry of Labour. With the assistance of the Conciliator, three meetings took place on the topic of Harassment and Discrimination, more specifically on the application of the University policy Against Sexual Violence.
Employees today are increasingly looking to their employers to provide some form of flexible work arrangement to make their work and personal lives easier to manage. McGill University is no exception to this trend. Indeed, flexible work arrangements have emerged as a significant theme of proposed action within the staff-led My Healthy Workplace Learning Communities, launched in May 2019.
In addition to the previously scheduled days of holiday closure, the University will officially be closed on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 24.
This means that, exceptionally this year, the holiday closure will extend from noon on December 24, 2019, to January 2, 2020, inclusively. As such, staff members who choose to take the full day off on the 24th, as per usual leave request procedures, will only be required to use a half day of leave*, regardless of whether they were granted approval prior or subsequent to this announcement.