Meet your Union!

Stewards are the core of the union, directly interacting with the membership and representing their concerns and aspirations. The stewards are the cornerstones of any union, and are present across departments to make sure that employees’ rights are not being infringed upon and are a friendly face for anyone with questions about their work conditions, their rights as workers and members of AMUSE, and the union.

A steward acts as a resource for both the membership and the Labour Relations Officer and any member is eligible to become a steward. All stewards have the opportunity to sit on the Board of Representatives.

Feel free to email communications.amuse@gmail.com to get contact information for these stewards!

Ella Hartsoe – President

Where do you work? I’m a Rez Project Coordinator in the Rez Life Office.

What do you do at AMUSE? I’m the President!

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Student activists who are often themselves marginalized being expected to donate physical and emotional labour to better their campus without pay.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? I would like for the hope of being paid for labour to become a reality, across the board.

Which cartoon character was most inspiring to you during your childhood and why? The cartoon character that was most inspiring to me as a kid was Lilo, from Lilo and Stitch. She was for sure a freak and also spent all her time with an alien, so you could say that we are kindred spirits.

Heather Holdsworth – Labour Relations Officer

Heather2 Where did you work? I worked as a Floor Fellow in McGill Residence 2014-2015.

What do you do at AMUSE? As Labour Relations Officer, my role means acting as a link between you and McGill Central HR. I handle grievances and complaints for employees, or groups of employees whose rights in our Collective Agreement, or Quebec Labour Standards, have been violated. Casual employees at McGill are constantly facing precarity, I aim to help members feel safe and supported in their workplaces through working to uphold our collective rights.

What labour issues are you most passionate about? I am passionate about people feeling safe and supported in their workplaces, from job security to wellbeing in mental and physical health.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? I want to see  working conditions at McGill to improve towards positions in which employees don’t feel precarious and temporary, and therefore undervalued and underserving of rights, due to the ways in which McGill continues to casualize its labour.

Which cartoon character was most inspiring to you during your childhood and why? A toss up between Velma Dace Dinkley from Scooby Doo and Arnold Perlstien from the Magic School Bus. They each really demonstrate an A+ stylistic use of the colour orange as well as the ability to pull through when it comes to the crunch.

Tuviere Okome – VP Floor Fellow

Where do you work? I work at McGill Residences as a Floor Fellow at La Citadelle.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am the Vice-President Floor Fellow.

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? I am passionate about ensuring that all people get equitable pay for the labour they put into their employment .

What do you most want to see improved in working conditions at McGill? I want to see the voices of the employees at McGill being taken seriously when decisions are being made and that these voices are treated with respect.

Which cartoon character was most inspiring to you during your childhood and why? Ms. Grotke from Disney’s recess because she was my first introduction to feminism and racial equality. She is also warm and kind but also somewhat eccentric. These are qualities that I feel I also embody.

Kirsten Whelan – Communications and Outreach Officer

Where do you work? I work at McGill Athletics.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am the Communications and Outreach Officer!

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Job security, fair wages, pay equity, and safe + healthy work environments (in many senses)!

What do you most want to see improved in working conditions at McGill? I would like to see better working conditions, fair and equitable wages (with benefits!), and an end to the process of casualization.

What is your favourite childhood book and why? I had a strange fascination with Heidi when I was young. It turns out the book is pretty terrible in a lot of ways, but I was very excited about it because it was my first hardcover novel, with oh-so-many chapters!

Imane Ait Ouahmane – Treasurer

Where do you work? I work at the computer lab in the education building.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am a treasurer at AMUSE.

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? I am mostly passionate about salary equity and raising the minimum wage. I am also passionate about ending discrimination in the work place.

Which cartoon character was most inspiring to you during your childhood and why? I mostly identify with kim possible who is adventurous and I always secretly wanted to be a redhead with green eyes.

Catherine Jeffery – Board Chair

Where do you work? I’ve worked as a student ambassador and a convocation usher for McGill. You could say I’ve got a passion for temp jobs

What do you do at AMUSE? I’m on the board of representatives!

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Living wages and making on-campus jobs accessible for people.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? Fair treatment to employees. Treating employees like they’re real people. Such a radical idea, apparently.

What animal do you most identify with? I definitely identify as a beaver. I like to chew on sticks and swim in rivers. The similarity is striking.

Cassie Chaloux – Board Member

Where do you work? McGill Bookstore and Mining and Materials Engineering.

What do you do at AMUSE? I’m a Board Member!

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Job stability and security, safe working environments.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? Recognizing how important casual workers are to every sector of McGill, and making sure that they feel secure in their positions.

If you could go anywhere and do anything for one hour, where would you go and what would you do? Probably the gym…or Little Sheep Hot Pot.

Sydney Lang – Board Member

Where do you work? I work at the Faculty of Law’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism as the Disability and Law Initiative Coordinator.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am on the Board of Representatives.

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Equal compensation, distribution, and appreciation of emotional labour and domestic work in the workplace. Migrant labour and work permits. Worker safety and workplace sexual violence/harassment policies that are actually enforced, understood, and taken seriously.

What improvements in working conditions are you most interested in seeing at McGill? Job security for student workers who engage in political activism and advocacy work. Job opportunities for students that are well paid and sustainable; jobs that provide students with experience in the workforce and do not force students into precarity and other unpaid, volunteer opportunities.

If you could go anywhere and do anything for one hour, where would you go and what would you do? I’d go to my cottage with my family!