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.
The parties reached an agreement and ratified the texts of the articles relative to Work Accidents and Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.
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
On February 9, following the filing of a request for an injunction by AMUSE / Floor Fellows, McGill and the Union appeared in Quebec Superior Court. The injunction, as requested by AMUSE / Floor Fellows, would have required McGill to immediately begin paying an hourly wage to Floor Fellows in addition to the free room and board which they currently receive. This request was denied by the Court. Another hearing date has been scheduled on May 5, 2017 to weigh the merits of the case more fully.
Originally posted on October 26, 2016.
The parties met for a full day on October 24 in the presence of the conciliator. The parties agreed to conduct exploratory discussions on two non-monetary topics and then move on to monetary topics if they managed to agree on the non-monetary topics.
Originally posted on October 28, 2016.
The parties met on October 19 in the presence of the arbitrator appointed by the ministère du Travail. They resumed the discussion they had started at the previous meeting on the rules governing the allocation of contracts to floor fellows, and more specifically, to returning floor fellows.
The parties made progress on the posting and granting of assignments, a discussion which then led them to address performance dialogues. The employer submitted to the union its proposed text for those two articles.
Originally posted on October 28, 2016.
The parties met on October 20 and 21. They discussed and agreed on the content of the articles pertaining to leaves without pay, to union activities (non-monetary aspects), to the reimbursement of expenses and to temporary alternate work arrangement.
The parties also agreed on the content of two agreement letters related to Human Resources information systems, as well as McGill ID cards and library access.
Originally posted on February 13, 2017
Originally posted on November 3, 2016.
The parties met in the presence of the conciliator on Friday, October 28 and resumed their exploratory discussions on the applicability of the article on the posting and the granting of assignments for assignments governed by financial aid programs such as the Work Study Program.
Several proposals were made by each of the parties. The discussions did not however lead to an agreement on this topic.