The Union held its general assembly on September 30, and its members voted on the global offer submitted by McGill’s negotiating committee on September 1.
The teaching assistants accepted the University’s offer for a collective agreement of four (4) years. The new agreement will end on June 30, 2018. In the coming weeks, the parties will finalize and sign the text of the new agreement. Shortly thereafter, the detailed terms will be shared with the community.
The parties discussed the possibility of introducing biweekly pay for these groups. The University responded to the Union’s questions and concerns on this subject; some points still require clarification before an agreement can be finalized. This topic, as well as the continuation of monetary discussions, will be the focus of upcoming meetings. The next meeting is planned for October 7.
The parties met briefly on September 22 to review the negotiations to date. It was determined that the discussion of normative subjects, upon which agreement has yet to be reached, would be put aside for the moment, and that monetary subjects would be discussed at the next meeting instead (planned for October 23).
Following the previous meeting on July 14, the parties met on September 15 to discuss the Union’s rights, the job posting clause, employment applications, and the selection and appointment of employees. The parties came to an agreement on these topics and ratified the English text of the modified clauses.
In order to move negotiations forward, the parties continued discussions that had begun on July 3 regarding the counting of hours worked. The parties discussed what, in their respective views, constitutes the fixed portion vs. the variable portion of hours worked by floor fellows. The parties expressed their views and concerns with respect to the inclusion of activities in each of these categories. The Union expressed concern about a decrease in training hours and hours dedicated to community development.
The parties met twice, on September 18 and 25. Discussions were focused on the grievance and arbitration process, and on the clause regarding discrimination and harassment. Significant progress was made in discussions on the grievance and arbitration process, and the question of delays remains outstanding – this subject will be discussed at a later date. The parties agreed on the text of the clause on discrimination and harassment; a final bilingual text will be confirmed at the next meeting, on October 2.
The parties met on September 1, 2015 in the presence of a conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour. This was the first meeting after the summer break. The parties continued several discussions which were initiated in previous meetings.
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.
With these major parameters having been established by both parties, they set the order of discussions to be held during the next bargaining sessions and they agreed on a calendar of negotiations during the summer. Specific dates have already been set, leading up to September.