Q: What is a Collective Agreement?
A: A legal contract between the employees and employer that spells out the rights and obligations of both parties.
Q: How do I know if I am a member of AMUSE?
A: AMUSE represents what McGill calls “casual non-academic” employees. If this phrase appears on your paystub then you are included in the bargaining unit. For a more in-depth description of how your pay stub works, please watch this video we put together.
Q: Will being in a union change my job?
A: No; the Quebec Labour Code (section 59) forbids the change of working conditions following the accreditation of a union. If you’ve noticed a change of your working conditions since January 2010, please notify us immediately.
Q: I noticed a deduction on my paycheque. What is it for?
A: Like all labour unions, AMUSE collects dues that contribute to the daily administration and resources needed to sustain the union’s advocacy and support roles, such as negotiating for and ensuring the implementation of the Collective Agreement, responding to grievances and keeping in touch with the concerns and interests of members.
Q: Why do I have to sign a membership card?
A: By law all casual employees are included in the bargaining unit, but workers are only formal members of the union if they have signed a membership card. Members have the right to vote at the General Meeting, run for executive positions and to be part of committees, and keep the union representative and accountable.
Q: What do I do if I think that my rights are being infringed upon in my workplace?
A: The first course of action in this situation is to talk to your manager in your workplace. If you do not feel comfortable doing so you should contact a representative of AMUSE, such as a Steward or member of the Executive Committee, who will then move forward with a solution to resolve the problem. This could be as simple as bringing the problem to the attention of the employer or to arrange a mediation to resolve the issue or filing a grievance with the Quebec Labour Board.
Q: What are my basic rights?
A: Your basic rights as an AMUSE member are to receive a contract, union membership form, and Welcome Flyer before starting your first shift, to be free from discrimination and harassment in the workplace, to receive the salary afforded in Article 22 of the Collective Agreement, to have adequate rests and meal breaks, and to have a healthy and safe working environment. If you are experiencing an issue with any of the above or have any questions, please contact us.