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Academic workers at McMaster University have a new agreement that sets a good precedent for university sector bargaining. CUPE 3906 is the first of more than 20 post-secondary locals whose agreements expire in 2008.

CUPE 3906 President Mary Ellen Campbell called the agreement “historic”.

Among the gains in the agreement:

  • limited right of first refusal for future teaching;
  • sessional lecturers can use their Unit 1 seniority
  • paid pregnancy, parental and adoption leave
  • cumulative wage increase of between 12% and 16.75%
The contract is set to expire within the OUWCC’s coordinated bargaining window.