As you know, the AMURE bargaining team has been negotiating with McGill since last year. On September 9th 2022, a bargaining meeting was held in which AMURE members voted on the initial monetary offer to make to McGill. On November 18th 2022, we presented this offer to McGill and started negotiating monetary issues and have met several times since then.
Unfortunately, McGill’s offer for salaries and raises has been insulting, and demonstrates a complete lack of respect for research assistants and associates. McGill’s offer contains no economic or step increases to the salaries of research assistants and associates until June 2023, even though employees have been without a raise since June 2020. Their offer for future annual raises is well below what other employees at McGill and research staff at other universities are receiving (2-4% economic increases, 2-3% step increases per year).
A summary of McGill’s current offer for salaries and raises is available here (LINK).
Due to the lack of realistic offers from McGill, AMURE has filed for conciliation with the Quebec government. This process assigns a conciliator to oversee and aid in negotiation sessions. A government conciliator has been assigned and our first meeting with McGill and the conciliator is scheduled for March 17th.
We will hold an information session before this conciliation session (date TBD). After the bargaining session on March 17th, we will hold another meeting with members to discuss the response to McGill’s offer.
AMURE bargaining team