Am I Part of MCLIU?
As soon as we were accredited in August of 2011, AGSEM Unit III covered all course lecturers and instructors. (Accreditation was later transferred to MCLIU.) This was automatic, as you might have noticed from the fact that dues were being drawn from your paycheque. In short, if you currently work as a course lecturer or instructor at McGill or have been employed as such in the last 12 months, you are covered under our bargaining certificate. MCLIU is thus charged with protecting your rights, of representing your case if the employer has infringed upon the rights granted to you by the Quebec labour code.
Am I a Member?
Even though you are covered by MCLIU’s bargaining certificate this does not mean that you
are a card-carrying member. To become a card-carrying member, you need to sign a union card. If you have not already done so, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will meet you at your convenience to do this.
What are the Benefits of
Being a Member?
By signing a union card, you become a card-carrying member of the union. As such, you will be invited to attend unit and general assemblies, meetings, and other events where you can share your thoughts and experiences, and help shape where we are going and how we get there. In short, by being a card-carrying member you can exercise your democratic right and fully participate in the union.
This is particularly important at present because we are in a bargaining year, working toward our first collective agreement. As a member, you will receive regular updates as to how things are going, and will be invited to meetings to discuss the university’s responses to our proposals and to vote on important issues that arise at the bargaining table. The bargaining committee, the elected members who sit at the bargaining table, can only bargain when given a mandate from the membership as a whole. Your participation is thus an important part of this process, and the only way that we, as a union, can move forward to positively affect change in the University and make our university a better place to work and to learn.