Open letter to Dr. Suzanne Fortier principal of McGill University

October 25, 2017

 

Suzanne Fortier, Principal
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

This is an open letter to address four areas that require improvements in the working conditions of Research Employees at McGill.

As you know, pay equity at McGill has been a long and slow process. Last year, McGill posted the results of pay equity and it included a 30% retroactive increase for research assistants. However, McGill has only increased the salaries of new hires. Our members are sick and tired of seeing job postings for salaries that are higher than their current salary. We feel that there is a distinct lack of progress due to a fundamental lack of leadership on this issue from the McGill administration. Consequently, McGill has incurred millions of dollars of debt simply because McGill is lost on this issue and does not know what to do.

In addition to pay equity, we feel there is a lack of employment equity in the hiring of research assistants. Currently, the proportion of equity groups is different in casual positions, compared to positions that are full-time positions. Positions that are casual are almost all women or individuals from racialized groups. We this is again due to a lack of will of the McGill administration to address and implement changes to hiring processes that will encourage a more diverse McGill.

We have also noticed a disturbing trend in the treatment of employees when pregnant, or who are on disability leave. The university simply does not do enough for these individuals in protecting their employment.

Similar to many student groups on campus, we also feel there is problem with McGill’s sexual violence policy. We feel that certain McGill professors have repeatedly abused their power over the students they supervise. McGill needs to follow the leadership of other institutions such as Harvard and Yale and ban sexual relations between students and faculty members.

We hope that McGill will take the time to address these issues of concern to our members.

Thank you,

Sean Cory

Association of McGill University Research Employees (AMURE-PSAC)
209-517 Pins, Montréal, QC H2W 1S4
Phone: 514-226-1719

AMURE ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY APRIL 11th, 5:30pm in LEA 219

Dear Members,

AMURE’s Annual General Meeting is this Monday at 5:30pm in Leacock 219.

The agenda is as follows:

1) Call to Order
2) Adoption of Agenda
3) Adoption of Minutes from Special GA
4) Adoption of Minutes from last AGM
5) Executive Updates
6) Board of Representatives Updates
7) Budget presentations (2016 report, 2017 budget) and votes to approve
8) Motions from Members
9) Motions from Board
10) Election of Executive Roles
a) Grievance Coordinator
b) Steward Coordinator
c) Communications Officer
11) Election of New Board Members
12) Adjournment

If you require any accommodations such as reimbursement for childcare or audio or visual aids to make this meeting more accessible to you, please contact jillian.vasko@aerum-amure.ca or tyler.lawson@aerum-amure.ca and we can arrange this for you.

Meeting Documents:

MOTIONS
MINUTES SPECIAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY 22-03-2017
MINUTES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING February 2016
BUDGET REPORT 2016 PRESENTATION
PROPOSED BUDGET 2017 PRESENTATION

 

Annual General Assembly – January 21 noon

This Annual General assembly is open to all members in good standing.

It will be in the AMURE offices (515 des pins) on January 21st at noon.

Pizza lunch will be provided.

AGENDA

1. Adoption of the Agenda
2. Adoption of the minutes of the previous general assembly
3. Budget report for 2014 Budget report 2014
4. Proposed budget for 2015 proposed budget FY2015
5. Election of executive members (Secretary, collective agreement coordinator – research assistants)
6. Motion: AMENDMENTS TO AMURE’s BYLAWS. AMURE’s bylaws (Changes highlighted in yellow)
7. Election of board of representatives (subject to bylaws amendments above)
8. Motion: POST DOCS UNIT OF AMURE to allow Post-docs to join AMURE as a new unit (should they choose).
9. Motion: SUPPORTING AMURE MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR ABUSE
10. Varia
11. Adjourn

 

MOTIONS:

AMENDMENTS TO AMURE’s BYLAWS.
WHEREAS, there are changes to be made to AMURE’s electoral by-laws (correct?); and
WHEREAS, the union should strike a board of representatives to better involve its members and increase the breadth of its operations;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the amendments outlined in Appendix A be made to AMURE’s by-laws.

APPENDIX 1: AMURE’s bylaws

Motioned by Sean Cory

POST DOCS UNIT OF AMURE

WHEREAS, Post docs at McGill have submitted a request for union certification with PSAC;

WHEREAS, a union on post-doc would be a natural addition to the composition of AMURE;

BE IT RESOLVED that should the union representing post-docs request to join AMURE that they be immediately part of AMURE;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a committee composed of casual research assistants, research assistants and research associates and post-docs be formed to amend the AMURE constitution and bylaws to include a post-doc unit and to present these bylaw changes for ratification at a special general assembly.

 

Motion: SUPPORTING AMURE MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OR ABUSE

WHEREAS, casual employees make up approximately two thirds of our membership,

WHEREAS, casual employees do not have access to benefits like healthcare or the employee assistance program otherwise afforded to regular/full-time employees,

WHEREAS, casual employees are more likely to need financial assistance in order to afford counseling services,

WHEREAS, casual employees have less job security and may find themselves more vulnerable to various forms of violence,

WHEREAS, McGill does not at present have any policy that addresses sexual assault, domestic violence, or abuse,

WHEREAS, over 60% of AMURE’s members are women,

WHEREAS, though many of our members are students and therefore have access to student services, counselling services at McGill are often overextended and inaccessible, particularly in times of crisis

BE IT RESOLVED that the AMURE executive (with the help of the board) devise a one-year trial system by which any member who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, or abuse can anonymously access counseling and support services at the expense of AMURE’s savings (which are ample).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, before the next Annual General Meeting, the AMURE executive and the Board of Representatives create a report on how this program has been used and provide a recommendation on whether or not to renew the program.

Motioned by,
Sean Cory
Lily Hassall
Tyler Lawson

Agenda for special general assembly on October 24, noon

 

As this is a special general assembly, the discussion and decisions made are limited to the topics appearing on the agenda. Our next Annual General Assembly will be in January. The motions that will be discussed are posted on this website.

AGENDA

1. Taking attendance of members in good standing present
2. Adoption of the agenda
3. Motion to submit to PSAC triennial convention: TEMPORARY PSAC EMPLOYEES
4. Motion to submit to PSAC triennial convention: DCL LIST ON PSAC WEBSITE
5. Motion to submit to PSAC triennial convention: DCL SEATS ON NATIONAL BOARD of DIRECTORS
6. Motion to submit to PSAC triennial convention: INCREASING PSAC STAFF/MEMBER RATIO
7. Motion to submit to PSAC triennial convention: INCREASED FUNDING FOR ARBITRATION
8. Motion to submit to PSAC triennial convention: ADD REFERENCES TO DCL IN GRIEVANCES
9. Adjourn