MONTREAL, Dec. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - After more than fifteen months of work, the 3 000 non-academic casual workers of McGill University can celebrate. They voted at 85% in favour of joining the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC-FTQ) during a representation vote organized this Fall by the Quebec Labour Board. These workers represent one fifth of McGill's workforce.
The newly unionized workers occupy various positions, from administrative to technical or maintenance tasks, all non-related to research or teaching. For the members of this new bargaining unit, both those working part-time or full-time, this certification marks the end of a double standard era. Indeed, the permanent employees holding similar positions have been benefiting from the protection and advantages of a collective agreement for several years.
"Casual workers are the most vulnerable on campus. This victory will have a positive impact on future working conditions at McGill", said Max Silverman, an early supporter.
As for Jérôme Turcq, PSAC-Quebec Regional Executive Vice-President, this victory demonstrates once again the relevance of organizing efforts for precarious workers.
"Protected by a collective agreement, those workers, although casuals, will nevertheless be able to aspire to a greater security and better working conditions, which will relieve some of the stress generated by their precarious status."
Among the priorities at the bargaining table: paid sick days, recognition of seniority, wages and clearer contracts.
With this victory, PSAC is now representing 19 000 workers in all major Quebec universities.
PSAC is one of the largests unions in the country, representing more than 170 000 members from all Canadian regions.
SOURCE PUBLIC SERVICE ALLIANCE OF CANADA (PSAC-QUEBEC)
For further information: For further information: Véronique Allard, (514) 526-7154