NOTE: the AGSEM offices will be closed on WED JUNE 24 (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day). Sorry for the inconvenience!
EVENT: AGSEM Bargaining Mobilization Workshop on Tuesday June 23rd, 6:30 PM, at ARTS 150
AGSEM will be leading a bargaining workshop that is open to ALL TAs. This workshop will be designed to go over our bargaining issues, priorities and goals, and teach TAs the best and most effective ways to communicate these ideas to others. You can learn about how to present our bargaining situation, whether to colleagues or supervisors or strangers, and whether the discussion is casual or intensive. All TAs are welcome and very encouraged to attend!
It will be held on Tuesday, June 23, at 6:30 PM, in ARTS 150. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Hope to see you there!!
April 16th Strike Day Update:
Thanks to everyone who came out and joined the picket lines and rally on the 16th!
A union is only as strong as its membership, and the turnout and enthusiasm on Thursday was real a show of force.
We’ve heard from undergraduate students that our actions led to positive conversations about the importance of TAs in their academic lives. It was also an opportunity for TAs from various departments to meet each other and swap stories, and to build solidarity with members of AMUSE, AMURE, and MUNACA, many of whom came out and joined us on the picket lines. Lots of sunshine and lively music didn’t hurt, either.
Although the strike is over, our fight for a fair collective agreement is not. Keep an eye out for bargaining updates and more mobilization over the summer.
We’d also love to hear your reactions to the strike, or see the pictures you took. Email us, contact us on social media, or come by the office!
If you came out to the picket lines and want to get strike pay, come to the AGSEM office during office hours (12-4, Monday-Friday).
-Yours in Solidarity,
AGSEM Executive Committee
For those wishing more information:
Press Release here.
A Strike FAQ can be found here.
Bargaining Update here.
TA bargaining has reached discussion of financial demands. Keep up to date with our bargaining website here.
An AGSEM Executive will be present in the AGSEM Office throughout the summer on Monday 4pm – 6pm, Wednesday noon – 2pm, and Friday noon – 2pm. To make an appointment to meet with us please email email@example.com, or leave us a voice mail message and we will call you back as soon as possible.
NOTICE: the office will be closed Monday May 25 – Friday May 29. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Here are some sections of the website you may find useful:
- electronic copies of the TA and Invigilator Collective Agreements
- Documents, including our Constitution, Bylaws and General Assembly minutes.
- Bargaining information for TAs, and for Invigilators.
View our events calendar here.
What is AGSEM?
AGSEM was accredited in 1993 to represent Teaching Assistants at McGill, making us the oldest TA Union in the province. Invigilators joined AGSEM in 2010 and Course Lecturers in 2011. In the fall of 2013 an AGSEM General Assembly decided that Course Lecturers should have their own autonomous union: MCLIU.
We are an autonomous union affiliated with the CSN, FNEEQ and CCMM. Unlike other labour organizations, these are not “parent unions”: all decision-making takes place at the local level. Our highest decision-making body is the General Assembly, where every member has an equal vote and right to speak. We have negotiated five collective agreements for McGill’s TAs and the first Invigilator Collective Agreement.
Teaching Assistants and Invigilators share an Executive Committee structure, Delegate Council and Budget, however bargaining is done independently and at least once per year a General Assembly just for TAs and a General Assembly just for Invigilators must be held to discuss matters that are not of mutual interest.
Read more in our About page.