Unions denounce McGill protest protocol

McGill’s Teaching Union (AGSEM), the McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association (MUNACA), and the Association for McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE) condemn in the strongest possible terms the proposed Protocol Regarding Demonstrations, Protests and Occupations on McGill University Campuses that was released to campus unions on November 9.

In its current form, the Protocol conflates mere inconvenience with violent disruption and therefore tramples on the right of McGill community members to express all but the weakest forms of political dissent. In doing so, the Protocol contravenes the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, which explicitly protects the freedom of all citizens to engage in principled, nonviolent protest.

Although the Protocol will affect every member of the McGill community equally, whether they be faculty, students, or staff, we are especially concerned that the policy will be used to criminalize the activities of labour union members and their supporters, whose right to participate in campus demonstrations, rallies, and lawful picketing is clearly violated by its terms.

For these reasons, we do not accept the legitimacy of the Protocol and will not consent to its application. Given the magnitude of the threat to our fundamental rights, we call on all members of the McGill community to join us in condemning the Protocol and to work together with us to prevent its implementation.

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FNEEQ Conference


Our federation at the CSN, the Fédération Nationale des Enseignantes et Enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ), is holding a conference of all its member unions in Quebec City, QC on December 5, 6, and 7th 2012. FNEEQ represents 91 teaching unions from CEGEPs, private schools, and universities, and holds regular meetings that bring together delegates from each of these unions to work on educational issues that affect teachers and educators throughout the province. AGSEM is allotted a limited number of delegates, and is looking for course lecturers and instructors who are interested in attending and participating in this federation-wide conference. The conference will be in French, and a translation will be provided. FNEEQ will provide our delegates with transportation to and from the meeting, as well as board and lodge while we are there.

If you are interested in attending, please email your mobilization officer, Julian Menezes, as soon as possible, as we are reserving places on a first come first serve basis.

October 12 Unit Assembly Update

Dear members,

We would like to thank you for making our first Unit Assembly of this academic year, held on October 12, a great success. We are happy to report that our unit was represented in large numbers. At this meeting, McGill’s Course Lecturers and Instructors approved the minutes from the last UA, received extensive updates on the bargaining process, and voted into office two members of the bargaining committee as well as a brand new Executive Committee team. The Unit Assembly was followed by an equally well-attended General Assembly, where more unit-wide elections were held.

We’re pleased to introduce our newly-elected Unit 3 members:

Raad Jassim
Unit Chair and Member of the Bargaining Committee

Muhammad Ahmad Munir
Vice Chair and Chair of the Bargaining Committee

Elaine Shatenstein
Grievance Officer

Julian Menezes
Mobilization Officer

Stefana Lamasanu
Communications Officer

The EC and BC members are here to voice your professional needs and negotiate them on your behalf. If, at any time, you have questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to share them with us at

The Bargaining Advisory Committee is looking for new members to share their experience and make suggestions as to how we can best represent specific hiring units at the table. If you are interested in being part of this vital Committee, and would like to act as an advisor within your hiring unit, please contact your mobilization officer, Julian Menezes (

AGSEM unit III Unit Assembly & Special General Assembly

We would like to invite you to our first Unit Assembly of this academic year with a temporary adjournment for a Special General Assembly.  This meeting will be held on Friday, October 12, from 16:30-18:30 in room 0100 of the Trottier Building (ENGTR) 3630 University St.  This is a very important meeting for Course Lecturers & Instructors as we are in a bargaining year, negotiating our first collective agreement.  We have had several negotiation sessions to date, and so will take this opportunity to provide an extensive bargaining update, and to answer any and all question and concerns.
We will also be holding elections for all positions on the Executive Committee: Unit Chair, Unit Vice-Chair/Chair of the Bargaining Committee, Grievance and Internal Officer, Mobilization Officer, and Communications Officer. The nomination period is now open, and we encourage all members who are interested in serving their union to submit their nomination.  Nominations require 5 members’ signatures, and can be submitted to the AGSEM office (3479 Peel St. 3rd Floor) or electronically via email to  Below are the links for both the nomination sheet and the description of and compensation for these positions:
Nomination Sheet
Description of and Compensation for UEC Positions

As you know, there was a General Assembly for all three units (Course Lecturers & Instructors, Teaching Assistants and Invigilators) last Thursday, September 27. The GA, however, had to be postponed because we did not have enough course lecturers to make quorum.  We’ve thus had to call a brief Special General Assembly (SGA), which is to take place toward the end of our meeting on the 12th.  After we have finished our bargaining updates and elections, the TAs and Invigilators will join our unit for a SGA so that we can tend to a few pressing affairs.  We have adjusted the scope our proposed agenda to accommodate the SGA.

You will find a draft agenda for our Unit Assembly here; input from the membership in regards to the agenda is more than welcome and can be sent to Members are also invited to propose motions to be brought forward to the Unit Assembly. Motions may be submitted to  no later than Wednesday, October 10th.  Note that as per AGSEM’s constitution, no motions may be added to the Special General Assembly segment of the agenda.

General Assembly Announcement Update

AGSEM’s Union-wide General Assembly will be held on Thursday September 27th, from 3:30-6:30 pm in the SSMU Ballroom, 3480 McTavish located on the 3rd floor of the ‘Shatner Building’.

Elections will be held for the position of President and Secretary-General in addition to membership for the Audit, Constitutional and Equity Committees. Please submit nominations to the AGSEM office located on 3479 Peel St. 3rd Floor or electronically via email to no later than Friday September 14th.  (Please note: AGSEM Office Hours are Monday to Thursday; 10-2pm). Nominations require five signatures from members of the Union. Please see the nomination form attached.

Members are invited to propose motions to be brought forward to the General Assembly. Motions may be submitted to

Please note the “as is” draft minutes of the General Assembly of March 30th, 2012 are posted onthe AGSEM website.  All members are invited to submit issues, concerns, edits, etc. to those minutes. Please contact prior to Friday September 14th with your proposed changes.


Nominations open for Coordinating Committee Officer Positions

The nomination period for the Coordinating Committee Officer positions (President and Secretary-General) are still open! All AGSEM members in good standing are eligible to stand for one of the two Coordinating Committee Officer positions.

Serving your union is a great opportunity, especially at a time when AGSEM is undergoing such exciting changes. The individuals who are elected into these important positions will work with the Unit Executive Committees to facilitate AGSEM’s growth as a labour union and develop its status as an advocate of employee rights at McGill University. Please note that the time requirements for these positions should not exceed 10-12 hours a week, thus allowing members to fulfill their other responsibilities at the same time.

Click here for the Co-ordinating committee Election-Nomination-Form-CC.

Click here for information about the Coordinating Committee positions: description-of-postions-of-Coordinating-Committee.

Please consult Chapter Five of the Constitution (posted on the AGSEM website) for more information regarding the positions, including compensation and length of term.

We hope that Course Lecturers and Instructors will consider running for these positions.

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