Negotiations 2020

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.