[AMUSE News] Board Spots; MUNACA; Ice Cream

Hello and welcome to this loudly backgrounded email. Allow me to be your guide as you enter into the world of union news, and beyond. To begin, I’d like to bring to your attention that there are…

Board Spots Open!

Our Board of Representatives has three spots open that you can help fill. As a Delegate to the Board, you would be responsible for coming to our monthly meeting, and sitting on at least one committee. Most committees also meet once a month, and engage sporadic work between meetings. Of course, all work you do for AMUSE is liberated, and all delegates to the Board receive an honorarium per meeting. BoR meetings always include food and laughs and general amusement (pun intended!). Our next meeting is on Wednesday, August 12th. Contact our Chair, Billy, to find out more and to RSVP for our next meeting.

MUNACA Merger Update

In other news, AMUSE and MUNACA and our awesome summer intern have been working hard on the details of the planned merger. We now have a draft of what our merged By-Laws might look like, and what some of our official policies (e.g. Solidarity Fund policy) might look like after the Merger Transition period is over. You will be hearing about the final proposals for these policies at the beginning of the Fall, and we will be discussing and voting on them during a Special General Meeting in September. More news to come!


To help you get more acquainted with our merged union friends, we present the MUNACA Communications Committee! Read all about them here:
MUNACA Communications Committee – Who We Are
Now that the vote for the merger with AMUSE has concluded with a successful outcome this past February, as a member of AMUSE, you might now be wondering who we are – more specifically, what the MUNACA Communications Committee is all about.  You have probably been getting bulletins from AMUSE mentioning us from time to time, so we would like to come forth and introduce ourselves, seeing that we will be working closer together in the next several weeks/months/years.

Firstly, to state the obvious, and most important point of all, our mandate as the MUNACA Communications Committee is to inform, educate, and share information with all MUNACA members. As committee members, we share information among ourselves and decide as a group on how to best communicate with the membership.

Our group is comprised of seven individuals. They are: Anne Bedard, Mary Chin, Roula Kalantzis, Dan Lafreniere, Brenda Lee, Jane McAslan, and Line Robitaille
Jane McAslan is Vice President, Communications of MUNACA and also mainly responsible for maintaining and updating our website.

Mary Chin is Chair of the Committee and acts as chief editor for our monthly newsletter. The Committee has a general policy for approval of newsletter and website content (generally to educate and inform members and to build union awareness and identity). Mary edits, translates and proofs most of our content. Along with Jane, she also approves posts on the MUNACA website.

Dan Lafreniere and Roula Kalantzis assist with the dissemination of info online and/or through the newsletter; Dan is also Secretary of the Committee and takes minutes for our monthly meetings.
Brenda Lee is our graphics designer responsible for the layout of our newsletters, invariably incorporating her own eclectic yet professional design to the publishing of our content.
Anne Bedard and Line Robitaille assist in the bilingual translation and proofreading of our newsletter, bringing their phenomenal editing and proofing skills to the task at hand. Thanks to these two members, our newsletter is fluently flowing to perfect French.

In conclusion, we as MUNACA Communications Committee members serve as an outreach to all of our members and continually strive to ensure everyone is informed of the goings-on around us, be it in our workplace, our union achievements, our sister unions, or the achievements of our individual members who have gone beyond their call of duty to contribute to the success of their special cause(s). We hope to continue serving you, the members of MUNACA, in this all-around important mission, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of MUNACA this year.

We Stand by You!


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Work Study Ice Cream Party – Rescheduled to Today (Thursday)!

As the hottest days of the summer unfurl, it’s a perfect time to have some delicious ice cream with none other than our Work Study Super Students! If you have been, are, or will be one of these hard working students, come out during lunch time on Thursday (12-3) to SSMU room 108.

This is a great opportunity to talk to your union reps about how bargaining for our new collective agreement has been going (it’s been going all summer long), and what you expect from our next agreement. We want to know about your concerns, questions and ideas for the future of working students at McGill. How has McGill’s Work/Study program been working for you?
And, if you’re thinking about ways to get involved in union POSITIONS this coming Fall, this is a great time to learn about union work with current stewards and a great way to make some new friends!