Negotiations 2020

2021-04-08 Negotiations Bulletin #23

Dear Members,
Our scheduled meeting with the Employer today had to be postponed until next Thursday as the Employer had to deal with new COVID protocols. This postponement will delay our negotiations, however, the Pandemic has required all to be adaptable. 
As requested by many of you during the Q&A at our info-session of March 24th, please find here some MUNACA images you can start using now as your profile images, in email signatures, and as Zoom backgrounds to show support for your bargaining team. Please stay tuned as we will be holding more info sessions in the near future.
Your Negotiations Committee very much appreciates your support. 
Together we are stronger!
As soon as you are able please get vaccinated.
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy the weekend!

2021-04-01 Negotiations Bulletin #22

Dear Members,
The day was spent going over the remaining non-monetary clauses with the Employer. We had hoped to finish off today the outstanding clauses but as the Scottish Bard would say ‘The best laid schemes of mice and men’. We did make some progress though; Article 36 – Health and Safety has been settled. We will continue our discussions on non-monetary issues next Thursday.
As requested by many of you during the Q&A at our info-session of March 24th, please find here some MUNACA images you can start using now as your profile images, in email signatures, and as Zoom backgrounds to show support for your bargaining team.
Your ongoing solidarity with your Negotiations Committee is very much appreciated. Please stay tuned as we will be holding more info sessions in the upcoming months.
Together we are stronger!
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy the extra long weekend!

2021-03-25 Negotiations Bulletin #21

Dear Members,
We met with the Employer for the 21st time on Thursday. We continued our discussions on some of the remaining non-monetary issues. Movement was made on Article 36 – Health and Safety, and we expect to be able to reach an agreement next time. Further discussions will continue next week on this article along with the remaining non-monetary articles. We are moving closer to the time when we will be depositing our salary demands.
We were pleased at the robust turn out at our Negotiations Info Sessions held on Wednesday, March 24th. As requested by many of you during the Q&A, please find here some MUNACA images you can start using now as your profile images, in email signatures, and as Zoom backgrounds to show support for your bargaining team. Your ongoing solidarity with your Negotiations Committee is very much appreciated. Please stay tuned as we will be holding more info sessions in the upcoming months.
Together we are stronger!
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-03-18 Negotiations Bulletin #20

Dear Members,
Again this week we met with the Employer twice. On Monday afternoon we settled Article 41 – Technological Change. Thursday was spent trying to resolve Article 20 – Hours of Work, although there was some progress made there remains a couple of outstanding issues, both parties agreed to set them aside for talks down the road. We were informed that the employer is looking into flexible work arrangements and is not ready to discuss them until they have completed their research. At this point we do not know when they will be prepared to present their proposals.
The next time we meet we will be dealing with the remaining outstanding non-monetary issues.
As a reminder, monetary demands will be deposited with the employer soon, and we will need everyone’s support.
Together we are stronger!
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend! And see you at one of our negotiations info sessions on Wednesday, March 24th at 12 or 1.

2021-03-11 Negotiations Bulletin #19

Dear Members,
We met with the Employer twice this week. On Tuesday afternoon we sat down to discuss Articles 13 – Job Postings and Selection of Personnel and Article 14 – Temporary Assignments. We had been cautiously optimistic that we could reach an agreement, however, that was not to be. The employer has rejected the idea of giving our members that do not have employment security and who have been laid-off or seen their temporary assignment come to an end the ability to apply for jobs as internal candidates. We fail to understand why the employer is unwilling to take advantage of a group of employees that have already worked for McGill and have a knowledge of the University. So discussions on these Articles have been set aside as we continued with other non-monetary issues.
On Thursday we addressed our concerns on Article 41 Technological Change. Unlike Articles 13 and 14 we made progress and feel near to an agreement when next we meet.
Monetary issues are scheduled to follow within the next couple of weeks. These negotiations, and as you can well imagine, will require more intense bargaining. Keep an eye on your inboxes, as our Negotiations Support Team will be reaching out to you with ways where you can show your support for our demands.
Together we are stronger!
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-02-18 Negotiations Bulletin #18

Dear Members,
We met with the Employer twice this week on Wednesday and Thursday where we continued our discussions on Article 13 – Job Postings and Selection of Personnel and Article 14 – Temporary Assignments. We got down to basics on Article 13 and are expecting a counter proposal from McGill next time we meet. We are hoping to conclude discussions on Articles 13 and 14 on March 9th or 11th, then proceed to the remaining non-monetary items.
Monetary issues are scheduled to follow, and as you can well imagine, these topics will require more intense bargaining. Keep an eye on your inboxes, as our Negotiations Support Team will soon be reaching out, as we prepare the groundwork to support our contract demands.
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-02-11 Negotiations Bulletin #17

Dear Members,
On Thursday we got down to work on Article 13 – Job Postings and Selection of Personnel and Article 14 – Temporary Assignments. As you know these articles have a significant impact on our ability to find new positions and work experiences within McGill. Each party presented their positions on these articles. The employer asked to have more time to review their position and asked to break for the afternoon to do so. We will continue our discussions next week.
Please note that our Vice President Sherrie Child has stepped in to replace Patrick Ritchie on the negotiations committee until by-elections are held to replace him as VP M Affairs.
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-02-04 Negotiations Bulletin #16

Dear Members,
Today we overcame significant differences in our respective positions regarding Articles 11 – Administrative Dismissal and Article 12 – Disciplinary Measures, we were able to reach an agreement. As a result of our discussions, both parties were able to make important adjustments. We know that not all negotiations sessions will be as positive as this one, however, we remain cautiously optimistic.
Next week, we will get down to working on Articles 13 – Job Postings and Selection of Personnel and Article 14 – Temporary Assignments. These articles have a significant impact on our ability to find new positions and work experiences within the McGill community.
N.B. Patrick Ritchie Vice-President M Affairs has obtained a position at McGill outside our Bargaining Unit and has therefore resigned from the Negotiations Committee. We wish him well and thank him for his unwavering service to MUNACA’s members.
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-01-28 Negotiations Bulletin #15

Dear Members,
Negotiations with the employer continued.
Our talks centred on Article 10 – Grievance and Disagreement Procedure. We could say that this article has been the most difficult one so far. We now can say we have reached an agreement. We realise that it has taken quite some time, however, we feel it was well spent. Both Parties made concessions but at the end of the day we now have what we believe to be a clearer article and we have reduced the time of the grievance process. This should result in a shorter wait for members’ cases to be resolved.
We also renewed our discussion on Article 11 – Administrative Dismissal and Article 12 – Disciplinary Measures. We will have in depth discussions on these Articles when next we meet.
We hope you are safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-01-21 Negotiations Bulletin #14

Dear Members,
We met again with the Employer today. We discussed Article 10 – Grievance
and Disagreement Procedure. We realise that we have been discussing this article for a while now and it has been tough slogging, however, this is a very important article and we need to make sure that we get it right. We are making good progress and are confident that an agreement on this article is coming soon.
We hope you are safe and well.

2021-01-14 Negotiations Bulletin #13

Dear Members,
Happy New Year!! Here’s to a better 2021 for all. We hope your had a restful break and are keeping safe.
We met with the employer today and continued our discussions on Article 10 – Grievance and Disagreement Procedure. The discussions were positive and we are optimistic to be able to reach an agreement soon. Both parties made movement in order to settle on a process that is fair and more effective. This article is a very important one in our collective agreement as it provides the crucial mechanism to defend your rights. As a result of the discussions we had today, we feel close to an agreement on this important article.
Be safe and well. Enjoy your weekend!

2021-12-14 Negotiations Bulletin #12

Dear Members,

Our last negotiations session with the Employer, before the holiday break, took place yesterday. We had some discussions and made some minor changes on Article 9 – Union Activities, Article 17 – Temporary Lay Off, and Article – 20 Hours of Work. Our primary discussions were centered around Article 10 – Grievance and Disagreement Procedure. There was some satisfactory movement on the part of the employer. However, as we said in our last bulletin, this article is a very important article in our collective agreement as it provides the crucial mechanism to defend our members rights. As a result of the discussions, we feel that there is still a long way to go before we will reach an agreement. This is why we will set these discussions aside and move on to other articles when we meet again in the new year.

The Executive Committee and the Union Council would like to invite you to stop by a virtual 5 à 7 on Monday December 21st, so that we can wish you a happy and safe holiday and to share some cheer.

Remember to send in your stories and photos reception@munaca.com for the Holiday prize draw to

Be safe and well.

2020-12-03 Negotiations Bulletin #11

Dear Members,
At our Thursday weekly negotiations meeting, progress was slow. This slow going is to be expected as we were discussing in depth Article 10 – Grievance and Disagreement Procedure. This is a very important article in our collective agreement as it provides the crucial mechanism for how we can defend our members rights. Grievance articles are usually only tinkered with in each round of negotiations due to its importance and the difficulty in reaching a settlement. In that vein, our proposals were in the spirit of improving the procedures. However, this time around the administration has seen fit to make significant demands. They are demanding that deadlines to file grievances be cut in half, reduced representation, and that the burden on some of the costs be shifted onto the union. At the same time that they are asking to reduce our delays to file grievances while, they are asking to increase the delays that favour them.
There has been some agreement on modifying clauses but as of now, there are major roadblocks to reaching an agreement on this article. We will continue our discussions at our next meeting on Monday December 14th. We are hopeful that the employer will reconsider its position and make some movement towards an agreement. We will keep you posted. Please sign the petition below.
Be safe and well.
Enjoy your weekend!

2020-11-26 Negotiations Bulletin #10

Fellow Members,
Progress was slow but there was still some progress at the negotiations table on Thursday November 26th. We continued our discussions on Articles 7 General Provisions, 15 Probationary Period, and 33 Unpaid Leave of Absence, and reached agreements on many non-monetary clauses. We feel that we are close so have moved on to more complicated articles. We reviewed the Administration’s position on Article 10 Grievance and Disagreement Procedure. The picture is clear; however, the differences are important and we will review the article and present to the employer some counter-proposals, hopefully the next time we meet. At our next scheduled meeting we will discuss the non-monetary clauses in Article 37 Salary Continuance.
The Executive Committee would like to remind you of the importance of signing the petitions below. It is crucial to join with the students and other unions and associations in fighting COVID-19 by pushing back the start of the winter term, and to fight bigotry and demand the repealing of Law 21.
Be safe and well.
Enjoy your weekend!

2020-11-19 Negotiations Bulletin #9

Fellow Members,
Negotiations continued with the employer yesterday, where we continued our discussions on Articles 7 General Provisions, 15 Probationary Period, and 33 Unpaid Leave of Absence. Several counter proposals were exchanged by the parties, and we are closing in on agreements on some clauses in these articles. We also discovered where reaching agreements will prove more difficult, this is important to know. Progress was made, we are mostly getting a clearer understanding of each other’s positions. Next week we should have discussions on more substantive issues.
We have also included in this bulletin two links to petitions (see below) which the Executive Committee requests that you consider signing, as one deals with discrimination in our society, the removal of injustices and the repeal of Law 21, which bans wearing religious symbols in the public sector. The other, a student initiated petition, requesting the start of the winter semester be pushed back in order to give some more time to quarantine and to fight COVID-19.
Be safe and well.
Enjoy your weekend!

2020-11-12 Negotiations Bulletin #8

Fellow Members,
Yesterday we met with the employer and continued our pursuit of a fair collective agreement. Our talks mainly centred around Article 7 General Provisions, which primarily deals with the information the employer provides the union. We also had exchanges on probationary periods, TAWA, disciplinary measures and other minor clauses. Some progress was made, mostly though we had more in depth discussions which has given each party a clearer understanding of each other’s positions. As we move forward, more substantive discussions will take place.
Hope you are well and safe.
Enjoy your weekend!

2020-11-06 Negotiations Bulletin #7

Dear Members,
We met again on Thursday with the employer and continued our explorations on clauses where we feel close to agreement. We are hoping to reach agreement on several clauses next week. As we move forward more extensive discussions will be required in order to reach an understanding. Your Committee remains satisfied with our progress.
Hope you are well and safe.
Have a good weekend.

2020-10-29 Negotiations Bulletin #6

Dear Members,
Negotiations continued with the employer on Thursday. The proceedings went well and we continue to be cautiously optimistic. Mostly minor clauses, where we felt close to agreement, were covered. However, we also started to exchange positions on more substantial issues and agreed to follow up on them in the coming weeks. We will keep you posted.
Hope you are well and safe.
Have a good weekend.

2020-10-22 Negotiations Bulletin #5

Dear Members,
We continued meeting with the Employer to negotiate a satisfactory collective agreement on Thursday October 22nd. We were able to reach agreement on several minor clauses, baby steps but progress nonetheless. We will continue to update you after each sessionBe safe and well, have a good weekend and see you at our virtual Annual General Meeting on the 28th, part two.
2020-10-15 Negotiations Bulletin #4

Dear Members,
The meeting with the employer on Thursday October 15th, was postponed due to a scheduling conflict. We will work with the employer to find an alternative date for this meeting. In the meantime we have exchanged emails clarifying our position on several clauses in the proposed agreement. We will continue to update you regularly on our progress.
Be safe and well, have a good weekend and see you at our virtual Annual General Meeting on the 21st.

2020-10-08 Negotiations Bulletin #3

Dear Members,
We met with the employer on Thursday October 8th. We continued discussions on several topics, including disciplinary measures and union rights, exploring in more detail to find common ground. We have a clearer picture of the employer’s position on these subjects. It is still early days, but several counter-proposals were made and we consider this to be a sign of progress.
Hope you are safe and well.
Have a great long weekend.

2020-10-01 Negotiations Bulletin #2
Dear Members
We met with the Employer on Thursday October 1st. We exchanged proposals on non-monetary articles. The parties had preliminary discussions and explanations of their rationale for the proposals. The day went smoothly. We will be meeting again next Thursday where we will have continued discussions on specific subjects where we feel we have common ground. We will keep you posted throughout the process.
2020-09-11 Negotiations Bulletin #1
Dear Members, we hope all are safe and well.
On Thursday September 10th, we met with the employer. It was our understanding that we would be exchanging proposals on non-monetary issues. We were prepared, but unfortunately the employer was not. After some discussion, the employer ultimately agreed to be ready by our next meeting on October 1st. We were of the opinion that both parties would be ready to exchange proposals on September 10th and do not understand why the employer was not prepared.
It is to the advantage for the employer to drag out the negotiations process and McGill has used this strategy many times in the past. It is in our interest to encourage them to be ready to negotiate in good faith when we meet.
Your support is vital in our quest for a new collective agreement, our Negotiations Support Committee will be in touch with you to let you know how you may show your support for negotiating a fair collective agreement.