Fed up with drawn-out negotiations, about 150 of McGill’s non-academic workers picketed outside the Roddick Gates Thursday, shouting, “solidarity” and “What do we want? A fair contract.”
McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association (MUNACA) has been negotiating a new contract with the University since December, and rejected the most recent offer last week.
McGill proposed a 12 per cent salary increase over four years, but the union, which represents 1,800 technicians, nurses, library and clerical workers, will not accept an offer below 13 per cent.
“I’d like to see a lot more than that, but McGill says they don’t have the money,” said MUNACA president Maria Ruocco.
MUNACA was satisfied with the University’s offers on increased liberation time, summer Fridays, and comprehensive job security.
Recognizing that neither would budge on salary increases, a conciliator mediating negotiations urged the two parties to reevaluate their positions.
McGill and MUNACA will meet again in early November
– Text by Shannon Kiely, image by Stephen Davis