Bargaining Priorities Ratified

Brad WalchukUncategorized

The results are in!  Unit 2 members have voted overwhelmingly in favour of ratifying the bargaining priorities presented by your elected Unit 2 Bargaining Team.  These priorities will guide our negotiations with the McMaster University Administration, which begin this summer for a new Collective Agreement.  The Collective Agreement is the contract that determines your workplace rights (such as wages, benefits, job security, workload, health and safety and more) as a Sessional Faculty at McMaster University. The existing Collective Agreement expires on August 31st, 2021.

The priorities are represented by six categories:

  • Respect, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Compensation
  • Job Security
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Workload
  • Professional Supports and Paid Training

For more information on what these categories entail, please visit

We are still awaiting conformation of our first contract negotiation session with the Employer, but we expect that to be at some point in August.  Your Bargaining Team is currently drafting language to propose to the Employer at these negotiation sessions.

Due to ongoing health and safety measures required as a response to COVID-19, our negotiation sessions will be conducted online.  Neither the Union nor the Employer prefers online negotiations, but in the interests of moving forward with in a timely manner, this is how we must proceed.

Your Bargaining Team will keep you up-to-date on how negotiations are progressing. Please visit to keep up to date with our negotiations. We need you to stay informed and be involved for the benefit of all Sessional Faculty at McMaster. Please contact to find ways to get involved and look out for emails regarding Bargaining Support Team meetings.

Whether you are pro-union, anti-union, or indifferent, the outcome of these contract negotiations will impact your job. The only way to stop McMaster rolling back previous gains and getting some wins of our own is to make sure they feel the pressure to deliver a fair contract from the whole membership.