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.
The parties met on Sept. 17 and Sept. 27, 2018. They shared their respective proposals concerning the renewal of the collective agreement, which expired on June 30, 2018. Each party explained its proposals and a discussion plan for the various articles was established. Discussions around the articles pertaining to the objective of the agreement and to the definitions led to agreements which will be ratified at a subsequent meeting.
On Wednesday, October 3, Quebec's Tribunal administratif du travail -- the government body that oversees unionization -- notified McGill that MUNACA has filed six petitions to unionize employee groups.
The parties met on August 30 and 31 as well as on Sept. 5 and 7. They agreed on the content of the French version of the articles on Harassment and Intimidation and on Disciplinary Measures.
As part of their ongoing collective agreement negotiations, the McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union (MCLIU) and McGill University met on June 26, 27, and 28, as well as July 6.
On June 26, the parties completed the submission of their respective non-monetary proposals and discussed various aspects of the negotiation process, including the order in which topics will be addressed. They also confirmed meeting dates on July 6 and August 30 and 31.
On June 6, the McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union (MCLIU) and McGill University met to begin negotiations with respect to the renewal of their collective agreement, which is currently set to expire on October 29, 2018.
On May 30, AMURE members voted to ratify the terms of a new collective agreement. McGill’s administration has likewise approved these terms, and the parties will meet on June 18 to sign the agreement. It will be posted to the Human Resources website as soon as it has been signed, and will remain in effect until May 30, 2021.
On April 26, an agreement in principle was reached between the parties regarding the terms of their collective agreement. Previously, research associates and research assistants were part of separate bargaining units, whose collective agreements expired in April 2016. They have since merged into a single bargaining unit.
On January 23, AMURE and McGill University reconvened in the presence of a conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour to review the status of ongoing negotiations with respect to the collective agreement. The Union obtained clarifications regarding the University’s position on benefits, short-term disability and working hours.
On August 28, the parties met in the presence of a Conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour. In response to a Union proposal made on June 26, McGill presented a global proposal including all previously agreed upon items, pending items, and a detailed monetary offer.
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. This is their first collective agreement.
The new collective agreement includes benefits coverage for many members of the AMURE (Postdocs) bargaining unit, as well as other changes to their compensation and working conditions.
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.