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SUMMER 2021
Two MURA members honoured as McGill Unsung Heroes
June 1, 2021 - As part of the Bicentennial Celebrations, faculties, central units, associations, and unions were asked to nominate the Unsung Heroes in their department – the less-recognized faculty and staff who have walked the halls of McGill through the ages and who have greatly helped shape the community. We are honoured to report that two MURA members, Leo Kerklaan and Honora Shaughnessy, were included in the first cohort of Unsung Heroes for the week of June 1, 2021. Leo worked in IT, Human Resources, and McGill’s Payroll department full time for 42 years, and part-time for another 10 years! He was nominated as an “unsung hero” for his dedication, solutions-orientation, knowledge, amongst many other reasons and attributes. Honora’s 36-year career at McGill, included positions as Associate Librarian, Executive Assistant to two Principals, Director of the Equity Office, and Senior Executive Director of Alumni Relations. She was nominated as an “unsung hero” for her leadership, her collaborative and consultative management style, her mentorship, and the recognition and appreciation she invariably expressed to her team members. Read more.

SPRING 2021

CURAC Tribute Award - Kate Maguire

On April 15, 2021, the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) 2021 Virtual Assembly, hosted by MURA, was attended by over 200 participants. Colleagues of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) across the USA and member associations of CURAC from coast to coast joined MURA members for this special event to celebrate McGill’s Bicentennial.

On that occasion, CURAC distributed its annual tribute awards to eight deserving colleagues across Canada. We are pleased to announce that Kate Maguire, our Vice-President (Internal), was selected for a CURAC Tribute Award. Here is the citation read at the event:

As MURA’s Internal VP over the past 5 years, Kate has played an instrumental role in helping govern our association during a period of unprecedented growth to take its place as an integral part of the broader McGill community. She has served as a very creative, dedicated, dependable, affable and super-efficient communicator as she handles myriad messages from members and outside inquiries, that she then responds or redirects. She maintains our up-to-date website, sends out regular communiques and organizes the activities and events of our association. In short, every organization needs a volunteer like Kate Maguire

Bravo Kate!
FALL 2020
Honora Shaughnessy McGill Ambassador Award – Ginette Lamontagne

Each year, the McGill Alumni Association (MAA) recognizes alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff whose commitment has had a significant impact on alumni life, the University and/or the community. The MAA is pleased to announce that Ginette Lamontagne, President of MURA/ARUM, is the recipient of one of the 2020 McGill Alumni Association (MAA) Honours & Awards - the Honora Shaughnessy McGill Ambassador Award, named in honour of Honora Shaughnessy, MLS’73, long-serving Executive Director of the McGill Alumni Association. This award is presented to a friend of McGill who has made an exceptional contribution to the University as a role model in fostering friend-raising, loyalty, professionalism and team spirit. Bravo Ginette!
SUMMER 2020
 
Board of Directors’ Statement on
the James McGill Statue
 


August 5, 2020 -
It has been known for several years that James McGill, whose endowment founded McGill University, owned, as did hundreds of his contemporaries, black and indigenous slaves. There are now demands for his statue to be removed from campus. More...


SPRING 2020

 
The Nominating Committee reported earlier this year that eight (8) members were candidates for the four (4) seats available on the Board for 2020-2021.MURA is holding its first elections to the Board.

The election is being held online. Members are invited to cast their votes until May 26, 2020. Results will be announced on June 3, 2020.


FALL 2019

Principal's Reception for New McGill Retirees



The second annual reception honouring McGill colleagues who retired between September 2018 and August 2019 was held on November 18, 2019. Guests enjoyed this festive event that was hosted by Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University, Professor Christopher Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Professor Yves Beauchamp, Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance. MURA executives Ginette Lamontagne, President, Kate Maguire, VP Internal, and Bob Stanley, Treasurer, congratulated new retirees and provided information about MURA memership. Photos

SPRING 2018

Signing of the Statement of Principles Between McGill and MURA-ARUM

(L-R: Ginette Lamontagne, President, MURA, Yves Beauchamp, VP Administration & Finance)

We are proud to announce that a Statement of Principles between McGill University and MURA-ARUM was signed on May 14, 2018.  This is a significant milestone as it represents the University’s formal recognition of  MURA-ARUM as an association that links retirees from all sectors of the University.  As a result of the agreement, the collaboration between MURA-ARUM and the University will be greatly facilitated. MURA-ARUM and all its members are now officially part of the McGill University Community and their engagement in campus life is most welcome.

This document that will govern the ongoing relationship between McGill and MURA-ARUM can be viewed in the Documents section of this website.


WINTER 2018

January 30, 2018

MURA signs Memorandum of Agreement with McGill Association of University Teachers (MAUT)



(L-R) Bob Stanley, MURA Treasurer, Alenoush Saroyan, MAUT President, Kate Maguire, MAUT VP Internal, Ginette Lamontagne, MURA President, Henry Leighton, MURA VP External

MAUT and MURA are pleased to announce that they have reached a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will allow any retiree who has been a member of MAUT in good standing for at least one dues-paying-year to become a member of MURA without paying the normal membership fee.  Further, the spouse or partner of a MURA Regular Member will be eligible to join MURA as an Associate Member without paying a membership fee.

Under the agreement, MAUT will continue to be responsible for representing the interests that are specific to retired academics and librarians to the University Administration, while MURA will be a voice for retirees on all other issues.  Each year the Executives of MURA and MAUT will meet prior to May 1st, the start of the fiscal year for the accord, to discuss any issues of concern.  The agreement includes a termination protocol that be may be triggered by either party if it no longer serves its purpose.

The MOA will generate financial support for MAUT Retiree’s Section (MAUT-RS) and for MURA.  Academic and librarian retirees will be members of MAUT-RS and MURA for a $5 nominal fee to be confirmed  shortly by MAUT Council.

MURA and MAUT look forward to a productive partnership for the benefit of all our members.  It is hoped that this agreement, along with those signed previously by MURA with MUNACA, MUNASA and SEU Trades (Downtown) will help establish a close relationship between all active and retired employees.   

SPRING 2017

Ginette Lamontagne, MURA President, received a Tribute Award at the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada Conference (CURAC) annual conference


Ginette Lamontagne, 3rd from right.

On May 25, 2017, Ginette Lamontagne, MURA President, received a Tribute Award given by the College and University Retiree Associations of Canada (CURAC) at its annual conference held at Carleton University in Ottawa.


The award recognizes an exceptional contribution and/or achievement by a university or college retiree at the local member association level. 

Ginette led the effort to establish a solid MURA working relationship with McGill University. Her enthusiasm for creating recreational, educational and social opportunities has lead to the establishment of several events and activities. Ginette’s leadership is an inspiration to all of us, and it is no exaggeration to say that she provides a vital life force for the ongoing success of MURA. 

To view an article on this award in the McGill Reporter, please click here.

SUMMER 2017


Meeting of MURA & MUNASA Executives



(L-R top) Kostya Dykukha, MUNASA Councillor, Greg Jarry, MUNASA Councillor, John Crane, MUNASA Vice-President (Membership), Joan Butterworth, MUNASA Exec. Secretary,  Henry Leighton, MURA VP External, Bob Stanley, MURA Treasurer, Ron Critchley, MUNASA President. (Bottom L-R) Judy Dear, MUNASA VP, Kate Maguire, MURA VP Internal, Ginette Lamontagne, MURA President.



On July 5, 2017, the MURA and MUNASA Executives met to discuss their ongoing partnership agreement. Through this agreement MURA receives a financial contribution from MUNASA, while a free membership to MURA is offered to all retirees who are members of MUNASA at the time of retirement.  The meeting was most productive as both associations agreed to collaborate on a number of issues such as benefits coverage, pensions and pre-retirement sessions for active employees.

SUMMER 2016

MURA signs Membership Agreement
with MUNACA
July 19, 2016 (L-R) Nancy Crowe, MUNACA VP Communications, Bob Stanley, MURA Treasurer, Ginette Lamontagne, MURA President, Kate Maguire, MURA VP Internal, Colby Briggs, MUNACA Treasurer

 

On July 19, 2016, MURA signed a formal membership agreement with MUNACA (McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association).  This agreement comes into effect for the next membership renewal period beginning September 1, 2016. 

By virtue of the agreement all current and former members of MUNACA who retire, may become members of MURA at no charge to the retiree.  MURA will grant retiring members of MUNACA full membership at no cost, in exchange for an annual stipend paid to MURA by MUNACA.


This means that current MURA members, who were members of MUNACA when they retired, need not pay anything on the anniversary date for membership renewal, Sept. 1, 2016.

MUNACA is
a union that is part of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, that represents clerical, technical and library support staff at McGill.

Members of the MURA and MUNACA executives will work together to identify and contact MUNACA members who may have recently retired or who may be about to retire, to explain the benefits of MURA membership.


This agreement is the third formal membership agreement to be signed by MURA with a staff association or union, in the last three months.  The other two are with SEU Local 800 – TRADES DOWNTOWN, and MUNASA, which represents administrative and support “M” staff.  MURA also has an informal temporary agreement with MAUT with respect to the Retiree Section of MAUT – MAUT-RS.

MURA will continue dialogue with MAUT and also contact the other locals of the SEU in the fall with the objective of concluding similar formal membership agreements.  Should a formal agreement be reached with MAUT, it would replace the temporary agreement currently running with respect to MAUT-RS.


Should existing MURA members know of retired colleagues who have not joined MURA and who were MUNACA members, MUNASA members or SEU Local 800-TRADES members when they retired, please tell them about these agreements.  Also please encourage them to contact MURA, or alternatively, pass contact information onto MURA so that MURA may contact them.
 
 
SPRING 2016

MURA signs Membership Agreements with
MUNASA and SEU Local 800-TRADES DOWNTOWN

 

 
MURA & SEU 800-TRADES Membership Agreement

April 21, 2016 (Left to right)  Hugo Desgagné, Union Representative, SEU Local 800, Robert Huot, President. SEU 800-Trades, Ginette Lamontagne, President, MURA, Robert Stanley, Treasurer, MURA

 

 
MURA & MUNASA Membership Agreement

April 21, 2016 (Left to right):   Heather McCombie, Executive Secretary MUNASA, Ron Critchley, President, MUNASA, Ginette Lamontagne, President, MURA, Robert Stanley, Treasurer, MURA

 

On April 21, 2016, MURA signed formal membership agreements with both MUNASA (McGill University Non-Academic Staff Association) and SEU Local 800-TRADES DOWNTOWN.  These agreements come into effect for the next membership renewal period beginning Sept. 1, 2016. By virtue of the agreements all current and former members of MUNASA and SEU 800 –TRADES who retire, may become members of MURA at no charge to the retiree.  MURA will grant retiring members of these organizations full membership at no cost, in exchange for an annual stipend paid to MURA by each organization.

This means that current MURA members, who were members of MUNASA or SEU 800-TRADES when they retired, need not pay anything on the anniversary date for membership renewal, Sept. 1, 2016.

“M” Staff and executives who were not members of MUNASA, will still have to pay the normal $25.00 per year membership fee at the time of renewal.

MUNASA represents “M” staff and has a current membership of 782 managers and professionals at McGill.  SEU 800 –TRADES is the union local that represents 100 skilled trades-persons (plumbers, electricians, etc.) who work for Facilities Management downtown.


The initial drive for these agreements came from SEU 800 –TRADES president Bob Huot. He is keen that his members, both those who have retired and those who are about to retire, become MURA members with as few obstacles as possible.  The model fee structure he proposed, whereby each staff association or union would pay $6.50 per year per active McGill employee to MURA as an annual stipend, in exchange for free membership in MURA for retirees from those organizations, has become the backbone of the agreements.


These agreements will simplify recruitment and membership renewals and will help to put MURA on really solid financial footings.  Each party to each agreement will compare membership lists and will work together to identify those individuals who have recently retired or who are about to retire.


MURA is currently in discussions with MUNACA (McGill University Non-Academic Certified Association) with the objective of signing a similar agreement for MUNACA members in the near future.  MUNACA represents unionized administrative and support staff, and has more than 1,000 members.


MURA is also about to pursue the same agreement with MAUT.  Should it be possible to conclude an agreement with MAUT, that agreement would replace the temporary funding arrangement that has been put into place with respect to those individuals who participate in MAUT-RS.


In the fall, MURA will pursue discussions with the five other SEU 800 union locals that represent unionized skilled employees in University Services, to attempt to have the same agreement adopted by them.


Should existing MURA members know of retired colleagues who have not joined MURA and who were MUNASA members or SEU Local 800-TRADES members when they retired, please tell them about these agreements.   Also please encourage them to contact MURA, or alternatively, pass contact information onto MURA so that MURA may contact them.