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.
A first comprehensive proposal was submitted by McGill on October 4th, 2019. The proposal included the non-monetary elements, monetary parameters and settlement proposals for grievances relative to Article 13 – Teaching Qualification Requirements and to Article 15 -Course Allocation. McGill presented for the first time the monetary elements of its proposal.
The Union presented a global counter proposal on October 18th which included their global non-monetary and monetary proposals. They also presented their counter proposal for the settlement of grievances relative to articles on Teaching Qualification Requirements and Course Allocation.
Each party presented a second counter proposal to the other party’s offer, McGill on November 18th, and the Union on December 6th. In their latest proposal on December 6th, the Union chose not to include a counter proposal on the settlement of grievances relative to Course Allocation, preferring to wait for the outcome of the arbitration.
The parties remain far apart, and further negotiation will be required, particularly in respect to the non-monetary parameters. Four meetings dates are scheduled in the New Year for continued exchange in the presence of the conciliator.
This update is meant to inform the community about ongoing negotiations.