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The Celebration of AGSEM's 30th Anniversary Continues

Updated: Dec 2, 2023

On October 25, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the certification of AGSEM as the union representing McGill’s graduate TAs with a gala at Thomson House. It was a fun and inspiring night, featuring speeches from current AGSEM activists, as well as from Michael Temelini and Tamara Myers—two key founders of our union. We were also honoured by representatives of our three affiliates, Caroline Senneville, President of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Christine Gauthier, Vice President of the University Group of the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ), and Dominique Daigneault, President of the Conseil central de Montréal métropolitain (CCMM-CSN).

AGSEM Executive Committee with Caroline Senneville, President of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Christine Gauthier, Vice President of the University Group of the Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ), and Dominique Daigneault, President of the Conseil central de Montréal métropolitain (CCMM-CSN), as well as Bertrand Guibord (CCMM-CSN), our union advisor Sébastien Boisvert (FNEEQ-CSN), and Raad Jassim of the McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union (MCLIU). Photo by Alice Hirsch.


The gala on October 25 followed the opening of our archival exhibition, From the AGSEM Archives: 30 Years of Graduate Student Labour Organizing at McGill. Did you know that there have actually been closer to 50 years of graduate student labour organizing at our university? What about the fact that the ambitious first collective agreement of Teaching Assistants took 1,400 days to negotiate with McGill?! Are you aware of our union’s role in unionizing different groups of employees on campus, including invigilators and course lecturers? Learn all about the history of our union with our five displays spread over the Arts Building, Arts West, Leacock, and Education. And there is more! A digital version of the exhibition is available on our website.

Photograph of one of the physical on-campus exhibits on the 4th floor of Arts West. The AGSEM bulletin board for Art History and Communication Studies is located in the hallway to the right, past the double doors and towards the AHCS offices.


As part of the exhibition opening, AGSEM mobilization committee organized a unique guided exhibition tour and a celebratory march on campus to celebrate our power built over the years, as well as all the ways we will rise in solidarity into the future.

AGSEM core organizers Emma McKay, Dallas Jokic, Aiden Mehak, and Cal Koger-Pease lead the mobilization activity during the celebratory march on October 25. Photo by Alice Hirsch.


To see more photos from the day, visit the photo gallery on our Facebook page.

On Tuesday, November 21, our Mobilization Officer, Kiersten, gave another guided walking tour of the physical displays. Missed the tour? New tour dates will be announced in early January. Check https://www.agsem.ca/events and follow AGSEM social media to stay informed.

AGSEM Mobilization Officer, Kiersten van Vliet, giving a guided tour of the AGSEM historical exhibition. Photo by Alice Hirsch.

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