Bargaining for post-docs continues to progress. In July, McGill countered AMURE’s original proposal of monetary issues, which included a salary increase. However, McGill’s offer fell short of the bargaining committee’s expectations, so we presented a counter-offer at our most recent bargaining session on October 3.
For research assistants and associates, bargaining with McGill has officially begun. The bargaining committee has met several times with McGill to discuss non-monetary issues. These include internal hiring priority, that free French courses be made available to research assistants and associates, that all McGill communications (including departmental websites) be made available in French, and that the period before which research assistants and associates are entitled to an indefinite term contract be reduced from 5 to 3 years. Negotiations are going smoothly and are proceeding at a quicker pace than expected. We hope to schedule a meeting with AMURE members in the next month to vote on a monetary proposal, similar to the meeting held on September 6 for the non-monetary proposal.
AMURE Tip of the Month
A reminder to AMURE members that McGill’s Educational Assistance Policy and its Staff Dependent Tuition Waiver Policy also apply to full-time research assistants and associates who have completed 60 worked days. That means that you are entitled to a tuition waiver for any credit courses you are enrolled in at McGill as a special student or that you are taking as part of a McGill degree, diploma or certificate program. Your dependents are also entitled to a tuition waiver equivalent to two-thirds of the Quebec tuition fee once enrolled in a degree, diploma, or credit certificate program at McGill. You can learn more about these policies here and here.