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The last negotiation meeting between MCLIU bargaining committee and the Employer representatives took place on December 5, 2018. If you recall, the Union deposited its last counter proposal on November 16 and had been waiting for the Employer’s response on our proposal which finally came on December 5 – after four negotiation sessions – and is not promising. The employer still insists upon hiring external candidates under a newly proposed category “Course Practitioners” in the School of Continuing Studies with a higher percentage without a counter guarantee to the existing Employees that they will receive work prior to hiring course practitioners.
The negotiation in the next year will resume on January 15, 2019 with the Employer. We hope the new year will bring some good news for our membership and we will be able to fight it together with more energy and commitment. Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Your Executive and Bargaining and Delegates Committees
Discussions are continuing, but there has been no progress from the Employer’s side. The Employer is having problems identifying and demonstrating their real needs with respect to courses not posted, in article 15.03 (these are courses reserved for McGill community members who are not on the priority points list).
The Employer stated initially that PhD students are the priority for the reserve pool; however, it is now apparent that a new outsiders’ category created by the Employer and called “course practitioners”, who would have almost the same course allocation percentage as PhD students, is their primary concern.
MCLIU respectfully reminds the Employer’s representatives that this is an institution of higher learning and not a vocational training school. The way of thinking of the Employer’s negotiation team needs to be addressed by upper management and the academic stakeholders of McGill University.
Notwithstanding this, the Union is open to solutions that take into account the well-being of MCLIU’s membership without decreasing the number of courses available to them.
Bargaining will continue twice a week through November and then for one session on December 5 before the holiday break.
Discussions are continuing but progressing very slowly. One of the reasons is that the Employer is having problems identifying and demonstrating their real needs with respect to the reserve clause (courses reserved for McGill community members that are not on the priority points list).
Notwithstanding, the Union is open to resolutions that take into account the well-being of the MCLIU membership without decreasing the number of courses available to them.
Bargaining will continue twice a week through December.
MCLIU (Course Lecturers/Instructors) with the Employer
The parties met on Sept. 12, 14, October 3 and 10. The parties continued discussing the clause on the allocation of courses.
On Sept. 12, the employer explained in detail the need to have courses available to graduate students. The union indicated that it supports this objective and the parties will continue to look for solutions to achieve this while considering their respective interests.
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.
On Oct. 3, the union presented data based on employer’s number of courses reporting as per article 15.03, illustrating its viewpoint on how the employer has been using posting exemptions.
It is fair to say MCLIU and the employer’s bargaining positions are far apart.
Some of the key issues according to MCLIU are:
- Fewer courses for Course Lecturers
- Increased hiring from outside McGill
- Course allocation not following seniority/Priority Points
- Teaching qualification requirements (TQRs) are not followed according to the collective agreement
- The representatives of the academic units’ main concerns are to offer more reserve courses to PhD students, however other Hiring Units prefer to offer them to Professionals from outside the university. The latter is misinterpretation of the Collective agreement.
… and neither party has deposited its respective monetary proposal.
Each party continues to maintain its position; therefore, further discussions will be needed in order to arrive at an agreement on this topic. The next meeting will be held on Oct. 19.
Negotiations for our Union second Collective Agreement began in June 2018 and we have meetings with the employer, scheduled twice a week (if possible) throughout the fall term.
Our bargaining team: Chair of the Bargaining Committee Nick Papatheodorakos (Faculty of Management), Natasha Roy (School of Continuing Studies), Garrfield Du Courturier-Nichol (School of Continuing Studies, Raad Jassim (MCLIU President) and Fneeq-CSN advisor, Daniel Carrier
We will keep you updated regularly on developments.
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 agreed, the parties have started discussing the article pertaining to the allocation of courses. They shared their respective challenges in the application of this article and grouped these challenges into themes. The parties discussed their respective objectives in the allocation of courses and discussed potential solutions. Additional meetings will be needed in order to arrive at mutually agreeable solutions.
The meeting calendar for the fall term was established and will consist of two meetings per week.
This update is meant to inform the community about ongoing negotiations and has been validated by the union.
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 27 and 28, the parties explained their respective proposals relative to the allocation of courses and more specifically article 15.03, and agreed to discuss this further on August 30 and 31. At that time, the parties will explore the pros and cons of various potential solutions with the aim of arriving at a mutually agreeable conclusion.
On July 6, the parties discussed proposed modifications to the articles on: Harassment and Intimidation; Disciplinary Measures; and Health, Safety and Environment. Agreements were reached on the first two items, with additional discussion required on the third.
Initial deposit of Article 1-18
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.
The parties exchanged opening statements and initial proposals, and briefly explained their positions. They also discussed logistical items regarding future meetings, communications methods, etc. The parties aim to finalize a meeting calendar shortly, and to jointly determine the order in which key topics will be negotiated.