Following almost two years of negotiations between the parties, an agreement in principle was reached on July 9th in presence of the Conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour.
The parties’ negotiation committees have agreed to recommend the contents of this collective agreement to their respective constituents, and to keep the details confidential until the Union has had an opportunity to share them with its members.
Since the last update on January 9th, 7 full day meetings in person and 11 half day online meetings took place between SEU Union representatives for Trades and Powerhouse / Macdonald and Downtown campuses and University representatives.
On Thursday April 30th 2020, AGSEM filed the attached petition for the certification for academic support workers employed by McGill. The academic support workers in the attached list are targeted by this unionization drive.
Following the MUNACA drive which resulted in a new MUNACA bargaining unit, the Union filed a claim with the Tribunal Administrative du Travail (TAT) that the expired MUNACA Collective Agreement, which had applied to the prior bargaining unit, should apply to employees now part of the new bargaining unit as of August 2, 2019, the date of the TAT’s decision.
Since the last update on October 29th, six meetings have taken place between SEU Union representatives for Trades and Powerhouse / Macdonald and Downtown campuses and University representatives. The Parties continued their discussion regarding work uniforms, safety shoes and Union bulletin boards; they reached agreements on these matters on October 30th.
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.
Since our last update in July, the Parties have met eight times. The meetings provided the Parties with the opportunity to express their views and their respective positions on the content of the Harassment and Discrimination provision. On October 10, the Union requested the assistance of a Conciliator from the Ministry of Labour.
On September 12th, the University met with the representatives of the following three union groups: Trades (downtown), Powerhouse (downtown), and Macdonald Campus Trades and Powerhouse. These units are part of Local 800 of the Service Employees Union. Their collective agreements expired on May 31, 2019.
Since our last update in February, the parties have met eleven times and the next meeting is scheduled for July 10, 2019. Discussions pertaining to non-monetary provisions are almost concluded. Outstanding items have been left as pending, subject to further consultation with the parties’ respective constituents. The parties have reached agreements in the following matters: Workload and Hours of Work, Postings/Applications and Selection and Appointment.
Since the appointment of a Conciliator from the Ministry of Labour in January 2019, the parties have met eleven times. The meetings enabled MCLIU and McGill negotiation committees to reiterate and clarify their proposals with respect to changes to the current collective agreement.
Since our last update, the parties met nine times throughout the Fall term and four times since the beginning of 2019. Each meeting lasted half a day. The discussions on several topics progressed and the parties were able to reach agreements on many articles, namely definitions, grievance and arbitration, union rights and privileges, disciplinary measures and employment files.
Since the last update, the parties have met for half-day negotiation sessions on December 5 and January 15, 18 and 22. During these meetings, the parties further discussed and exchanged proposals relative to the course allocation clause. This clause has been the subject of many discussions between the parties in recent months, and as of yet the parties remain unable to reach an agreement.
Since the last update, the parties met nine times for half-day negotiation sessions. These meetings were the occasion for the parties to initiate the exchange of proposals to address the issues related to the application of the reserve clause. This clause was the subject of many grievances during the life of the first agreement and is a significant source of disagreement between the parties.
The parties met on Sept. 12, 14, 26 and October 3. They continued discussing the clause on the allocation of courses.
On Sept. 12, the employer raised the issue of the availability of courses to graduate students, a topic that will require further discussions.
As agreed by the parties on Sept. 14, the employer presented a working document that reiterated the objectives of the two parties and suggested possible solutions.