Striking McGill teaching assistants reach tentative agreement

    MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to a last-ditch effort from a
provincial conciliator, the union representing McGill University's striking
teaching assistants reached an agreement-in-principle with the university
administration yesterday.
    The 2,000 members of the Association of Graduate Students Employed at
McGill (AGSEM) have been on strike since April 8 over issues relating to
professional recognition, workload and wages. The union was set to enter
binding arbitration with the university when a Quebec labour ministry
conciliator submitted a recommendation on outstanding issues in negotiations
to renew a collective agreement that expired almost a year ago.
    The compromise includes salary increases of 12.5 per cent over four years
and an agreement to work on reducing the number of students in discussion
groups led by AGSEM members. The deal also includes crucial recognition of the
actual work that teaching assistants perform on behalf of McGill's
undergraduate students.
    The AGSEM Executive Committee will recommend that members approve the
agreement-in-principle during a general assembly Thursday evening.
    Even if members approve the agreement, however, the union must still
negotiate a back-to-work protocol to end the teaching assistants' strike. Many
were fired from unrelated on-campus jobs during the strike.

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

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For further information: Lyle Stewart, CSN Communications Service, (514)

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