The Association of Graduate Students Employed at McGill (AGSEM) is a union that represents teaching assistants and invigilators (exam proctors) at McGill University. Certified in 1993, it is one of Canada’s oldest teaching assistant unions.
AGSEM represents more than 2000 teaching support workers divided into two units: Unit 1, for teaching assistants, and Unit 2 for invigilators. AGSEM is presently engaged in a campaign to unionize graders and other casual teaching support workers that do similar work to that of teaching assistants but are not currently protected by a collective agreement.
AGSEM is directly affiliated to the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ), itself a part of the Confédérations des syndicats nationaux (CSN).
AGSEM operates on a principle of direct democracy. Its membership, through the General Assembly, is sovereign.
McGill’s teaching assistants have been without a collective agreement since June 30th 2018.
AGSEM has been negotiating with the employer since September 2018, and has the following mandates as voted on by its members:
Address the issue of overwork by increasing the resources McGill devotes to teaching support.
Reduce the pay gap between McGill teaching assistants and other comparable institutions. Although Maclean’s magazine has ranked McGill as the top university in Canada for the second year in a row and enjoys the second highest operating budget in the country, McGill teaching assistants are still paid far less than their counterparts at the University of Calgary, Western University (London, ON), the University of Waterloo, or McMaster University (Hamilton, ON).
Institute improved protections against sexual violence and harassment in the workplace.
Thus far McGill has failed to address our members’ concerns on these broad issues and negotiations are ongoing.
For all information and interview requests, please contact:
Kiersten van Vliet
President of AGSEM
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