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!

Inori Roy – President

Where do you work? I worked at both McGill Residence Life and as a front desk employee in one of the McGill residences.

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

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? One of my biggest concerns is the casualization of labour, especially how that plays out in a labour community largely populated by students. I am also invested in securing a sustainable fair wage for employees, and ensuring safe and accommodating work environments.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? I think there is much to be improved in terms of treatment of marginalized folks in the workplace, including dynamics between employers and employees. Additionally, though I am not personally a floor fellow, I care greatly about the establishment of fair pay and treatment of floor fellows at McGill.

If you could go anywhere and do anything for one hour, where would you go and what would you do? I would, without a doubt, go to space. Ideally, I would be permitted to just float around in space for a whole hour, but I am also willing to settle for the International Space Station (unfortunately, considering how bad I am at math and science, the only way I’ll ever get there is through hypothetical scenarios like this).

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.

Bradley Powell – Internal Affairs Officer

photo (2)Where did you work? I worked in Advancement at the Schulich School of Music.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am the Internal Affairs Officer.

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Contract transparency and fair pay/working conditions are most important to me.

What improvements in working conditions are you most interested in seeing at McGill? My ideal is for AMUSE members to be able to trust more in the contractual terms and hiring processes surrounding our positions; this would be mutually beneficial for us as employees and for our employer. I believe changes can be made to provide more (1) job security, (2) openness about the financial details surrounding our positions, and (3) similarity between our labour terms and those of others carrying out the same tasks, within the university and elsewhere. Currently, there are many opportunities for improvement.

If you could go anywhere and do anything for one hour, where would you go and what would you do? I would go to the beach back home on a sunny day with all the most important people in my life, and they would all get along, and it wouldn’t be weird.

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.

Lucie Lastinger – Board Chair

Lucy Lastinger, BoR memberWhere do you work? In the Rez Life Office, as a Rez Project Coordinator.

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

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Pay equity and accessibility for workers.

What improvements in working conditions are you most interested in seeing at McGill? I want to see sustainable pay for workers, and for employees to be appreciated for the unthanked labour they do that allows the university to function.

Which cartoon character was most inspiring to you during your childhood and why? Probably Katara from the Last Air Bender. We have really similar personalities, and I was always inspired by the care-taking labour that she does for her friends. Looking back, I feel like she’s a really good role model for kids in that she does this critical domestic and emotional labour for her group of friends, and that she’s still represented (and rightly so!) as a kick-ass woman who can water bend like a total pro. I used to stand in my living room and pretend I could water bend when I was little. If I had less shame, I’d probably still do that.

Catherine Jeffery – Board Co-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.

Shuaibo Huang – Board Member

Where do you work? I am a Floor Fellow at McGill Carrefour Sherbrooke Residence.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am a delegate to the board of representatives.

What labour issues are you most passionate about? Fair pay and working environment safety.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? From employee hiring to financial details, I wish to see more transparency at McGill.

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.

Raluca Postolache – Board Member

Where do you work? I worked as a Front Desk Agent at La Citadelle, Carrefour Sherbrooke and New Residence Hall from 2015-2016.

What do you do at AMUSE? I am on the Board of Representatives and in the past I was a steward in my workplace.

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about?I am passionate about gender equality in the workplace as well as job security and fair wages.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? I would like to see McGill address the lack of job security on campus. Moreover, it would not hurt to see more transparency and respect towards casual workers at McGill.

Which cartoon character was most inspiring to you during your childhood and why? Courage from Courage the Cowardly Dog. Not only is Courage extremely adorable, but he protects his owners from weird creaturesand occurrences. The fact that he would risk his life to protect grouchy Eustace shows his selflessness. Also, it’s funny that Courage speaks English, yet when it’s time to tell his owners that danger is nearby he suddenly starts speaking in gibberish.

James Newman – Board Member

Where do you work? Solin Hall

What do you do at AMUSE? I currently am a member of the Finance and Mobilization committees

What labour issue(s) are you most passionate about? Ending job precarity, securing regular hours for casual workers.

What do you most want to see improve in working conditions at McGill? More stable hours and contracts, more clarity in job titles and descriptions

If you could go anywhere and do anything for one hour, where would you go and what would you do? If I could go anywhere and do anything for an hour I would go to space and just marvel at the beauty of it all from my station.

Ella Hartsoe – Board Member

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

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

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.

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!