Meet the New President, Open Positions, June Pay Raises, & More!

Meet the New President: Ella Hartsoe!

A young person sitting on concrete steps and smiling.Hello to the AMUSE membership and friends! I’m excited to begin my term as President, hopefully focusing on strengthening our union’s roots on campus and in our community. I’ve worked for the last year in various casual jobs, most recently as Rez Project Coordinator in McGill Residences. Please feel free to reach out and come by my office hours: I would love to get to know you and talk everything labour, union organization, and activism!

We wish outgoing President Inori Roy all the best in her new projects!

Positions Open on BoR and Grievance Committee

We have two general spots open on the Board of Representatives and we strongly encourage you to run for them! These are interim positions with a term that lasts until our next Annual General Meeting in early 2019. The BoR is a great way to get involved with AMUSE and support the union while having your voice truly heard. You can find out more about the BoR here. Our next meeting is Thursday, May 24th! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns about the BoR or becoming a Representative.

We also have one open position on our grievance committee! This elected committee works through member grievances and complaints. Anyone interested can respond directly to the newsletter with any questions regarding the grievance committee, and they will be forwarded to the committee Chair.

June 1st Pay Raise

As per Article 22.04 of the Unit A Collective Agreement, the minimum rate of pay increases to $14.00 for Class B employees and to $14.25 for Class C employees on June 1st, 2018. Class A employees, as well as Class B and Class C employees whose rate of pay is already above the new minimums, should receive a 1% wage increase.

If you are unsure what Class you fall into, please ask your supervisor or get in touch with us at AMUSE. If you do not receive the 1% raise or the minimum pay increase for Class B and C employees, please check in with your supervisor and contact us at labour.amuse@gmail.com.

PSAC Scholarships

Our parent union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, has five scholarships available for student members: three for full-time students and two for part-time students. Applicants must have been a member in good standing as of March 31, 2018. Applications are due on June 29, 2018 and are open to both new and returning students. For more details, click here. Contact us at communications.amuse@gmail.com if you need any information to complete your application.

Summit for a Just Energy Transition

On May 23 and 24, the CSN, FTQ, Fondaction, the David Suzuki Foundation, the FTQ Solidarity Fund, and Greenpeace are hosting a conference at the Palais des Congrès towards a just energy transition.

Faced with the urgency to take action, the Summit will bring together voices from the economic, social, and environmental sectors in Quebec. Representatives from civil society organisations and from the business realm are invited to bring their expertise together around this important issue.

The first day will aim to explore the notion of just energy transition in its full context. The second day will be dedicated to presentations and discussions between various sectors, to better prepare and adapt the concept of just energy transition to Quebec’s actual circumstances.

The Summit requires advanced registration ($30 for students) and will take place in French.