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McGill Reporter
January 8, 2004 - Volume 36 Number 08
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The membership of McGill's clerical and support staff union has voted to accept a new contract with the university. Roughly 1000 MUNACA members voted 78 percent for ratifying the deal on December 19.

"Overall it is a good, acceptable offer," said MUNACA president Dot Luk.

The terms of the agreement will see MUNACA members receive a two percent scale increase locked on for the five years of their contract. In addition, they will receive salary progression increases within the scales of 2.2 percent for the first year, and 2.5 percent for the remaining years of the contract.

Provost Luc Vinet said the university is "exhilarated" by the settlement.

"We're very competitive now with respect to salaries. Of course there are always budgetary constraints, but we really appreciate the support and dedication of our employees, and we feel we pushed it, but gladly," said Vinet.

Vinet said that both sides come out winners with this agreement. The "summer Friday" issue was a major point of contention during negotiations. With the new agreements MUNACA members will be given the option of working two of these days with compensation, while two more will be bought back by the university with a compensation of .08 percent salary scale increase.

Also, all term appointment employees will become regular employees. This will affect roughly 150 MUNACA members.

In addition, the current 34 salary scales and ranks will be merged into 15.

"All the [salary] minimums will be brought up — some of them quite substantially," said Luk.

Luk said that MUNACA members are pleased with the agreement, and happy to avoid a strike. There is still more to be done. Pay equity grievances remain, and will be dealt with on a case by case basis. She also noted that McGill employees do still receive more days off than at other universities in the province.

"We also recognize that we're still not at parity with the Université de Montréal, but we're moving that way," she said.

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