All-Unit General Assembly, March 10th, 2015, location TBA

Dear Members,
Elections for AGSEM’s Executive Committee will be taking place 10 March during our Annual General Assembly at 5:30 PM (Location TBA). A nomination period will take place from 4 March to 10 March, and a nomination form is available here: http://invigilators.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/agsem-nomination-form-march3-2.doc

All of the Executive positions for AGSEM will be open for election, each of which comes with several responsibilities. The positions are those of President, Mobilization Officer, Secretary-Treasurer, and two Grievance Officers for TAs and Invigilators. Details of these positions’ responsibilities follow, and any additional questions should be directed to Justin Irwin at president@agsem-aeedem.ca

4.08 – The President
• shall be the public face of the Union as the spokesperson and official media contact;
• shall facilitate the smooth functioning of the Executive Committee;
• shall convene Union Assembly and Executive Committee meetings
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for maintaining the Union’s relationships with external bodies, including but not limited to the Affiliates, labour unions and other organizations, on and off campus, as well as with the Employer in all manners not pertaining directly to bargaining or grievances;
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for ensuring that the Constitution is respected;
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for ensuring the maintenance of the Policy Manual;
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for monitoring the union’s incoming email
• shall sit on the External Affairs Committee;
• shall be a signing officer of the funds of the Union.

4.09 – Secretary-Treasurer
• shall oversee the administration of the Union’s finances;
• shall present, at minimum, the following reports:
o to the Executive Committee, every month, or upon request, including the bank reconciliation and financial statements;
o to the Audit Committee;
o to the Annual General Assembly, including the annual financial statements and proposed annual budget. • shall be empowered, at all times, to disclose the Union’s ledgers and all relevant supporting documents to the duly authorized representative of the Executive Committee of the CSN and to the Union’s Auditing Committee;
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for preparing the annual budget;
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for ensuring maintenance of the office space, physical and electronic files, and online accounts;
• shall be a signing officer of the funds of the Union.

4.10 – Communication and Mobilization Officer
• shall be the officer primarily responsible for the organization of Union events, campaigns, outreach, and publicity;
• shall be the primary Executive Committee contact and resource person, for the Delegate Council and for Union members, in all matters not pertaining directly to grievances;
• shall be responsible for the maintenance of the Union’s website and other social media;
• shall be responsible for communications with members, including ensuring the maintenance of email lists;
• shall sit on the mobilization committee;
• shall be a signing officer of the funds of the Union.

4.11 – Grievance Officer (2 positions)
• shall be the officer responsible for ensuring the respect of members’ rights and the enforcement of their Unit’s respective Collective Agreement, by, including but not limited to:
• actively informing members of their rights under the Collective Agreements and the relevant employment law;
• assisting members of the Union with complaints or grievances, including internal complaints not leading to the filing of a grievance;
• shall normally perform the role of the “Union” where mentioned in the Unit 1 and 2 Collective Agreements;
• shall be responsible for the reception and maintenance of Union membership records and documents received by the Employer or its Hiring Units, including but not limited to membership forms, appointment lists, and dues lists;
• shall have a seat on the Bargaining Committees of their respective Unit;
• shall act as the chairperson at LRC meetings for the Unit which they represent and shall normally be accompanied by the President.

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An AGSEM Executive will be present in the AGSEM Office each day Monday through Friday from noon until 4pm. To make an appointment to meet with us please email mail@agsem-aeedem.ca, or leave us a voice mail message and we will call you back as soon as possible.

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If you have any questions or wish to talk to a member of the executive, please contact us. Or drop in during office hours.

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.