Dear Postdoctoral Researchers,
Following the decision of a government-appointed arbitrator, a three-year collective agreement has been finalized between McGill University and AMURE (Postdocs), effective August 1, 2017. The new collective agreement includes benefits coverage for many members of the AMURE (Postdocs) bargaining unit.
On June 26, the parties met for a full day in the presence of a Conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour. As a follow-up to previous meetings, McGill presented aggregate information on 2016-17 hours worked by a group of casual research assistants. In previous meetings the Union had requested details on the contracts and hours worked of 32 casual research assistants.
On Monday, July 3, McGill’s Floor Fellows, represented by the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE) / Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), signed their first ever collective agreement with the University. AMUSE (Floor Fellows) represents approximately 75 employees on both the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.
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This memo provides a brief summary of updates to McGill’s Personnel Policies and Procedures, which apply to all M-Level staff and were revised on June 1, 2017. This summary is intended only as an informal synopsis – the authoritative documents are the policies themselves.
The updated policies are:Policy on Hours of Work On-Call Policy Staffing Policy
At the end of 2016, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and its parent company (Les Consultants Longpré & Associés), was acquired by Morneau Shepell, which also administer the McGill University Pension Plan.
Originally posted on December 9, 2016
Some McGillians have shared concerns about the impact of the government’s ruling on postdocs – specifically regarding the classification of some McGill postdocs as employees, and the payroll deductions and employer fees that this classification entails. McGill shares many of these concerns. And while we must abide by provincial law and apply these changes, we hope to at least clarify the situation as best we can.
Originally posted on December 22, 2016
The Union and University representatives met on December 19, 2016.
As a follow-up to previous meetings, the University made several written proposals relative to: Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination; Health and Safety; Work Accidents; Postings, Appointments and Reappointments; and Probationary Periods.
Initially posted on October 12, 2016.
Members of the Service Employees’ Union (SEU) Local 800 (FTQ) from McGill’s Printing Services and Data Centre voted in favour of new collective agreements at general assemblies held respectively on October 4 and 5, 2016. The unions, which represent some 10 employees, and the University had reached tentative agreements in May 2016. These new agreements will be in effect for five years from the day they are signed.
Originally posted on February 1, 2017
On January 30th, the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE/Casuals) / Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and McGill University signed a new collective agreement. This is the second collective agreement with this unit and it will last 40 months with an expiry date of May 31st, 2020.
Originally posted on October 14, 2016.
The parties met on October 6 in the presence of the arbitrator appointed by the ministère du Travail. Most of the day was spent discussing the role of current floor fellows in the selection process of new floor fellows following an annual recruitment activity. The parties discussed at length their interests and objectives related to this process and in the end were able to agree on language that is satisfactory to both parties.
Originally posted on February 8, 2017
On February 6, representatives of the Union and McGill met in the presence of the Arbitrator appointed by the Ministry of Labour, to establish their positions and discuss next steps for negotiations on a first collective agreement. This meeting was held following McGill’s decision not to endorse an agreement that includes both free room & board and wages for work performed.
Originally posted on October 25, 2016.
The parties met on October 14 in the presence of the conciliator appointed by the ministère du Travail.
The employer presented the results of the costing of the monetary demands submitted by the union at the last meeting. The employer answered the union’s questions related to this costing exercise.
The parties met on October 17. The union presented a global counter-offer that, for the most part, aligns with the employer's offer. Some articles still need to be discussed. The employer committed to analyzing the financial impact of the counter-offer before the next meeting, set for November 7.
This update is meant to inform the community about ongoing negotiations and has been validated by the union.
Originally posted on February 10, 2017