Collective celebration 

A collective agreement was signed Nov. 14 between the university and the 100-member technicians’ union, CUUSS-TS (Syndicat des Employés-ées de Soutien de l’Université Concordia — Secteur Technique).

Covering the period June 2, 2002, to May 31, 2009, the agreement includes a salary increase of 2.5 per cent per year, plus adjustments of 1 per cent from 2002 to 2007, 1.25 per cent and 1.5 per cent in 2008. Some improvements were made to benefits.

Magnifying glass

In the photo above, union president René Lalonde and Acting President Michael Di Grappa sign on the dotted line. Behind them are, left to right, Danielle Carter and Joe Woods, who negotiated for the union with Lalonde, Athena Davis (CSN representative), Hugues Thibault (Employee Relations Advisor), Mark E. Turcot, an attorney acting as chief spokesperson for the university, Yves Gosselin (Associate VP, Human Resources), and Maurice René de Cotret (Director, Employee and Labour Relations). Miriam Posner, who was also on the negotiating team for management, was unable to attend.

Labour negotiations are ongoing with the support staff union (CUSSU), the part-time faculty union (CUPFA) and the full-time faculty union (CUFA). Negotiations are expected to start in the coming months with the teachers in Continuing Education (CUCEPTFU) and, for the first time, the university’s teaching and research assistants, represented by TRAC in two separate units.


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