At the bargaining session of December 3, the parties established the 2015 calendar of negotiations with six dates set until late April.
The parties made minor adjustments to articles discussed previously. They agreed on the French and English versions of the article on work hours for employees working as stationary engine mechanics at Macdonald campus. The parties also agreed on final bilingual versions of articles concerning bereavement, list of positions and management rights.
McGill’s floor fellows were certified in May 2014. The parties held their first bargaining session on October 31, where they exchanged proposals. The session also included a presentation of floor fellows’ roles and responsibilities and their objectives. Finally, the parties discussed how the bargaining process should unfold, preferred dates for negotiations, timelines and communications. Floor fellows are affiliated with AMUSE/PSAC. The bargaining unit represents approximately 75 employees.
The parties met on September 24 to discuss the mechanism of potentially implementing technical support roles. Although the parties see the advantages of introducing such roles, no agreement was reached as the parties could not agree on the description to include in the collective agreement or on the premium to be paid.
McGill and SEU (trades) discuss change to a bi-weekly pay frequency
On September 17, the parties discussed the issue of vacation scheduling in the last week of the reference year, which has since been ratified by the parties and will be applied to the three collective agreements.
McGill and SEU (facilities) discuss phased retirement
McGill met with AGSEM teaching assistants on October 10. After a final review of the article on disciplinary measures, the parties ratified the bilingual version of the document. Highlights include clarification of the process, more specifically the amendments related to the union’s presence during disciplinary measures, the possibility for employees to submit their version of the facts and the delay to issue in writing the decision on disciplinary measures.
The parties met on June 12, 2014 and, as agreed at the previous meeting, the university proposed the text of a letter of agreement concerning technical support roles. Based on comments made by the union at the previous meeting, the university also submitted a modified document concerning the required qualifying skills and abilities for one of the technical support roles. This new text was agreed to by the union.
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.