McGill University Pension Plan

Annual meeting and election of PAC members
Earlier this year, the McGill University Pension Plan (MUPP) held its annual meeting which was attended by about 40 plan members. Elections were held to appoint a member on the Pension Administration Committee (PAC) representing administrative and support staff. Read more »

Reminder – get the flu shot, not the flu!

You and your eligible dependents who are covered under your McGill Health Plan and/or Dental Plan can get the flu vaccination free of charge. Read more »

Organizational Development: ‘just-in-time’ effectiveness series

This series of workshops has been adapted to accommodate those with less time to dedicate to professional development, but who would like to use some of the tools designed to be more effective in their work. Read more »

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University Services: a dedicated team from the ground up

For University Services the key word is services. The group’s motto – Service is at the root of any organization; everything flows from it and is nourished by it – sprang to life earlier this year. The first annual meeting of the University Services team kicked off with a series of presentations aimed at showcasing major projects accomplished in the past year. Read more »

McGill among Canada’s Top 100 Employers for fourth consecutive year

McGill has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2012, marking the fourth consecutive year that it has been included in this select group. The Canada’s Top 100 Employers project, now in its 13th year, is a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. Read more »

McGill among top five most attractive employers in Canada

Job seekers across Canada have ranked McGill third among Canada’s top five employers. McGill joined Research in Motion (maker of the Blackberry), Air Canada, Bombardier and IBM Canada in the Top 5 in the inaugural Randstad Canada rankings of the country’s leading employers. The Randstad Awards are aimed at encouraging best practices in building the best employer brands in Canada. Read more »

Labour capsules – latest update

Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill

AGSEM invigilators and McGill have been meeting in conciliation since April.  This summer, the Union brought in a new spokesperson from the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) to which AGSEM is affiliated. More recently, the Labour Commission had to replace its conciliator while the University’s Labour Relations group lost one of its HR advisors and lead negotiator in this file. All these changes have caused some minor delays in the bargaining timeframe, but now the process is back on track and moving forward. The union is negotiating its first collective agreement.

AGSEM teaching assistants met with McGill three times in September, first for an overview of issues to be discussed and agreements reached to date.  At subsequent meetings, the parties presented and discussed proposals and counter-proposals concerning non-monetary items. The parties also met three times in October to discuss hours of work, training and workload.  Both management and the union have made some concessions on several items so as to move more quickly in negotiating core issues such as salaries and guaranteed number of teaching assistantships.

Association of McGill University Support Employees

Talks with AMUSE have moved at a steady pace and the parties have come to an agreement on most of the issues discussed so far. Among the provisions upon which the parties reached an agreement are union activities, management rights, grievance resolution procedures, arbitration, disciplinary measures, health and safety, and employee files. The parties are now discussing job postings and employee selection.  AMUSE is negotiating its first collective agreement.

Association of McGill University Research Employees

The Association of McGill University Research Employees (AMURE) is getting ready to negotiate its first collective agreement with the University. Last year, AMURE filed two requests for certification which were granted by the Labour Relations Commission: one to represent research associates (July) and another to represent research assistants (December). Consultation meetings were held across campus with multiple faculties, and discussions have taken place with the University’s Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) on the guidelines to be established. Negotiations should start sometime in December, when both parties will present their full set of proposals in view of signing their first collective agreement.

McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association

The bargaining process between MUNACA and the University started in December 2010 with 152 issues on the table.  On August 26, the Union provided the University with a strike notice. On September 1st, the Union announced that its members were on strike.  Also on September 1st the Union asked for a government-appointed conciliator.  Bargaining in conciliation started with both parties agreeing to discuss all unresolved non-monetary issues grouped in 12 different categories. Since October 26, negotiations have moved into a more intensive phase with the parties discussing core issues. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the content of what is being discussed at this time.

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