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How to maintain your priority points

Among the courses that you have taught in the past two years, have any of them now been assigned to a grad student, an adjunct professor, a post-doctoral fellow or to a professional in the Fall 2016 semester?

If yes, please immediately inform the chair of your hiring unit that for the purposes of maintaining your priority points you be considered as if you have taught the course. As per article 15.03 last paragraph:

An Employee who has taught the same Course during the two preceding Academic Years and who is deprived of the opportunity to give this Course as a result of the application of the present article [15.03] shall maintain her priority points. The Employee so affected shall inform her Hiring Unit that she finds herself in this situation no later than 30 days following the beginning of the term.

Please note that even if you have already filed a grievance for the same course, you should still write to your Hiring Unit no later than October 14, 2016.

Ceremony of the relocation of the Hochelaga Rock


MCLIU President Raad Jassim with Michael Loft, retired Academic Associate, School of Social Work, at the ceremony of the relocation of the Hochelaga Rock and the launch of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education. Below: speakers at the ceremony.


COCAL conference 2016, Edmonton



Raad Jassim, President of MCLIU-SCCIM, with Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education, Alberta, met at COCAL (Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor) XII Conference, in Edmonton, in August. Mr. Marlin is very supportive to course lecturers as essential part of education to help our society and our future. He sees education not a cost but rather an investment.


WSF 2016

Contracting and collegiality in higher education in the era of neo-liberal globalization

A session by the Regroupement Université – Fneeq, CSN – at the World Social Forum, August 2016

Presenters from: Mexico, France, British Columbia and Montreal.





School of Continuing Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching


Raad Jassim, at left, beside Bruce Manson.

Bruce Manson is a lecturer for our English programs in Language & Intercultural Communication. The award recipient was selected based on his outstanding contribution as a lecturer and was strongly supported by letters of nomination from his students as well as student feedback from course evaluations.

The Award for Distinguished Teaching was presented to Bruce Manson at our Spring 2016 Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

La Presse: Universities are at Quebec’s mercy

La Presse Plus, le 12 mars 2016:

“À l’autre bout du spectre, l’Université McGill aurait un surplus très important, de l’ordre de 15 millions, selon nos estimations. Ni la direction de l’Université ni le ministère de l’Éducation n’ont toutefois pu répondre à mes questions, malgré trois jours de délais.”

Report on General Assembly of February 26, 2016

The General Assembly on February 26, 2016 was held with a good turn-out. The following matters were clarified: course posting, course application, course allocation, and leave procedures.

Members approved the 2016-2017 budget and expressed solid support to the Executives on the general direction being taken. We thank you for your great effort and strong support in helping to make history by establishing our final priority points list. We mark one stage of our success with this milestone.

After the General Assembly

There are several matters related to the interpretation of the Collective Agreement in which the Union does not see eye-to-eye with the University. The Administration is still in violation of the Collective Agreement in terms of establishing seniority lists, posting of courses, and application of priority points for certain members. In response, a grievance process has been started by the Union.

Summer 2016 was the first term when course postings, application procedures, and course attribution based on priority points were implemented in accordance with the Collective Agreement. With few exceptions, the union is satisfied with the implementation steps taken by the administration. We expect the process of course allocation in Fall 2016 will be smoother and more efficient.

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