MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The ongoing course lecturers' union
drive at McGill University has come to an end as an official request
has been made yesterday to recognize the course lecturers as part of
the Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM).
Course lecturers at McGill were the only ones in Quebec who were not
unionized until now. They earn about 25 % less than their unionized
counterparts at other Quebec universities. «AGSEM has made the choice
to work together with the Fédération nationale des enseignants et
enseignantes du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN) which represents the bulk of
teaching staff in the province, says Michal Rozworski , external
vice-president of AGSEM. We are confident that it is the only way to
get the work of course lecturers recognized and finally get wages and
other conditions in line with other Quebec universities », he adds.
The recent union drive, which received the support of 26 McGill
professors in an open letter will allow the course lecturers to obtain
a voice in determining their working conditions, believes Marie Blais,
vice-president of the FNEEQ-CSN. « McGill University prides itself in
being a leader in education in Canada, we think this should be
reflected in the way it treats its course lecturers», she adds.
AGSEM already represents teaching assistants and invigilators employed
at McGill and has been an important actor on campus since January 1993.
SOURCE Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM)
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