McGill teaching assistants vote to end strike



    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - McGill University's unionized teaching
assistants voted 91.5 per cent to end their 10-week strike during a general
assembly yesterday evening - even as they voted 97.2 per cent to reject
McGill's proposition for a back-to-work protocol.
    Recall that members of the Association of Graduate Students Employed at
McGill (AGSEM) overwhelmingly approved a new collective agreement with the
university last week. Since then, the university has offered draconian terms
for a back-to-work protocol, and allowed for only cosmetic changes to its
unilateral proposition during negotiations that are normally intended to allow
a harmonious end to the conflict.
    "Our members are ready to go back to work immediately," explained AGSEM
President Richard Hink. "We are still open to a fair settlement on all
outstanding issues and we had hoped to reach that settlement through
negotiation. But if the university is unwilling to move, we will not wait them
out before returning to work. It is time to move forward and get back to
work."
    Among others, McGill is refusing to pay wages for all the hours worked
before the strike. Nor will it compensate AGSEM members whose contracts for
unrelated employment as exam invigilators, sessional lecturers or research
assistants were punitively cancelled. What's more, the administration demands
that the union and the CSN refuse to represent members who have filed close to
300 grievances and complaints over McGill's illegal actions despite the
union's legal and moral obligations to its members.
    Finally, the administration insists that current and former AGSEM
executive committee members publicly declare they are renouncing their
grievances and complaints against McGill - even though none have been filed.
    "If the university is not prepared to own up to its actions during this
conflict, we believe that an impartial third party - the courts - are the best
place to resolve these issues," said Mr. Hink.

    AGSEM is affiliated with the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des
enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN).




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