UPDATE **We wanted to inform students of this important policy: Rights and Responsibilities of Undergraduate Students During Work Stoppages That Substantially Disrupt Academic Activities**

We know that if you’re a sessional, you would much rather be teaching students and not standing out on a picket line. We also know, however, that you both want and deserve improved job security to provide stability and predictability to your employment relationship. We know that if you’re an undergrad, you’ll want to get your assignments graded quickly, have someone to teach you, and people to make sure the university keeps on working.

3906 at laurier picket lines summer 2016

We can appreciate those needs, but the university doesn’t. We just want a fair agreement that addresses key issues of  job security, workload, fair wages, and access to meaningful benefits.  Based on McMaster’s most recent proposal, they have no interest in meeting these reasonable proposals. See our most recent bargaining bulletin for a comparative look at the union’s proposals and the employer’s.

The reality is that we have members who have worked here for decades with little to no job security, and sessionals often need to apply for their jobs on a term-by-term basis and have no real guarantee of work from one year to the next. Based on the employer’s most recent proposal, they have no interest in improving job security.

Relative to other top universities in Southern Ontario, including the University of Toronto, University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, the wages for sessionals are low. This is especially true in light of McMaster’s recent status as one of the top 3 universities in Canada. The important contributions of sessionals need to be recognized and compensated fairly. This can be done by improving job security provisions and offering fair and competitive wages to reflect the excellent quality of teaching provided by sessionals.

What can you do to help us avoid a strike?

  • Talk with your friends and family, classmates and colleagues, and people around Hamilton about our bargaining proposals. Please tell them that we are just looking for a fair deal.
  • Write to the McMaster University administration and let them know that you support a #BetterMac and  fair deal for its academic workers!
  • Join the discussion on Twitter and use the hashtag #BetterMac
  • Sign the petition to support your bargaining committee