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MURA NEWS

SPRING 2017

May 25, 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 left.

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

July 5, 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

July 23, 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

May 1, 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.