The parties met on May 28, 2014 and the university proposed an implementation strategy for a new technical support role which could be introduced in the bargaining unit. The university provided the union with details about the context, additional responsibilities and required qualifying skills for this role.
On May 12, 2014, the parties had two topics on the agenda: the review and signature of several text adjustments agreed to in previous meetings and the possibility of lowering the minimum duration of a deferred salary leave.
At the meeting of April 30, 2014, the parties covered two topics: new employee training and vacation scheduling in printing services.
The parties discussed the language used in the facilities/residences/Faculty Club collective agreement covering new employee training. They discussed the possibility of introducing the same language in the computing centre and printing services collective agreements. The parties agreed to include the same language in all 3 collective agreements.
The parties met on May 8, 2014 and the university presented a proposed new technical support role which could be introduced in the bargaining unit. The university outlined the purpose of this role and how it would complement other existing elements of the organization. Some information was shared with the union as to what would be the required qualifications and competencies to be successful in this new role. There were also discussions on how the university would proceed to fulfill these roles by unit members.
At the April 23, 2014 meeting, the parties exchanged proposals on the conversion of overtime into time off and vacation taken in days. The parties reached an agreement and signed off on these two articles.
The parties reviewed the university’s proposal on the separation of dining services and student housing services, which was also ratified. Suggested changes in both parties’ original proposals were reviewed with some of the language requiring additional verifications. Once completed, the parties will review the final text.
The parties met on April 16, 2014 and discussed several topics – among them, a letter of agreement in printing services concerning the pickup and delivery of packages and mail, conversion of overtime into time off, vacation taken in days, social leaves and text adjustments relating to the departmental split of dining services and student housing services.
The parties met on April 10, 2014 and discussed the process of appointing lead hands. The union presented its position and proposed a change that would be included in the 3 collective agreements. The university agreed to the proposed change and the clause was ratified by the parties. In line with this discussion, the parties agreed to make a text adjustment concerning working foremen.
On April 4, 2014, the parties discussed the union’s proposal on electronic surveillance. The parties debated their point of view and shared their preoccupations and constraints. They also reviewed existing policies and protocols relating to this matter. After a lengthy discussion, the parties agreed to the content of an article on the use of information and electronic surveillance systems on both campuses. The article was ratified by the parties.
On March 26, 2014, the parties discussed the implementation steps of a contemplated change in pay frequency, from weekly to bi-weekly. The union voiced its concerns and indicated it is not in favor of such a change under the present conditions.
The parties met on March 21, 2014 and discussed the topic of proportionality of certain benefits, applicable to temporary employees in trades and powerhouse at Macdonald campus. The university presented its rationale behind the contemplated changes and proposed conditions. The parties did not reach an agreement on this topic.
The parties met on March 13, 2014 where they continued to discuss the application and wording of the overtime clauses relating to the three collective agreements of the trades and powerhouse bargaining units.
On March 12, 2014, the union and the university met to better understand the implications of pay equity adjustments made recently for SEU members. Representatives of the union and the university assessed the effects of the change in salary parameters resulting from these pay equity adjustments.
On March 14, 2014, the university met with McGill course lecturers and instructors in the presence of a government-appointed conciliator. The university presented its counter-proposal on items still to be negotiated – including monetary items – in response to the counter-proposal submitted by the union a month earlier, in which it maintained its position on all unresolved issues.
During the February 19, 2014 session, the parties continued to discuss the justification of incidental illnesses. The university indicated its position concerning the union’s February 5 proposal on the length of absence requiring justification.
At the February 5, 2014 meeting with SEU, the parties covered the topics of uniforms and the justification of incidental illnesses. The university presented the wording of the articles and the letter of agreement covering uniforms for the 3 bargaining units. The parties were not able to reach a full agreement on the proposed documents and it was agreed to put this matter aside and discuss it at later stage in the negotiations.