“Members read the agreement and were able to discuss the main topics. After four hours of debate, they agreed to support the deal,” Munaca president Kevin Whittaker said in a press release. We are really proud of the work of mobilizing the members since the beginning of the strike. Their motivation and determination have been key to resolving this conflict. The five-year collective agreement was approved by 71.5 per cent of MUNACA members. In 1975, the third president, Dave Stephenson, a medical technician, explained to MUNASA that “this was the only way for the McGill administration to gather a collective opinion from non-academics”.20 He clearly preferred the association of a union that put forward reasons such as greater flexibility and less confrontational attitudes.21 Until 1995, under the pressure of several years of budget cuts, Non-executives at McGill have turned to a union model to protect their collective rights. The creation of the MUNACA union in 1995 resulted in the loss of MUNASA technicians, office workers and library assistants. The only remaining category was sector M or management. In 1995, the university stopped recognizing MUNASA as a unit and McGill attempted to establish a new set of relationships with leaders. Under the challenge of the university47, MUNASA survived by legally reconstituting itself in 1995. Over the next few years, she participated in discussions with the university on a number of topics, including the implementation of an M pay system, performance planning, a performance-based system, and creating a performance dialogue. MUNASA continues to advocate for the rights of its members through a revised complaint process.48 The association has also participated in joint projects with the McGill Association of University Teachers on university management and McGill unions, including MUNACA on staff. In the early 1990s, in a period of persistent budgetary problems, MUNASA`s role had increasingly developed as a representative of workers` interests. This change is reflected in this quote from Trevor Garland from 1992: the simplest and most accurate description of our relationship with the administration is one word. Hostile.
. It looks bad, but actually, it`s good because it`s clear. At M.U.N.A.S.A., our task is the employment relationship, the representation of workers. In labour relations, the administration represents the employer. Two very different things that, in fact, are quite opposite. The employer takes care of what is best for the employer. The employee takes care of what is best for the employee. I hope that reaching an agreement that fills these conflicting interests will offer what is best for both. Adrienne Gibson, the Quebec regional representative of the Public Services Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which has entered into a service agreement with MUNACA, said McGill`s position was the result of a “legal grey area.” Negotiations for a third collective agreement began on December 17, 2007.
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