McGill fires 72 TAs, sessionals due to strike

April 22, 2008

McGill University has fired 72 teaching assistants from exam supervisor positions, jobs that are outside the striking TA union. The school has also fired sessional instructors belonging to the same union. McGill's AVP of Human Resources says the school is "simply following the letter of the Quebec labour code," which prohibits an employer from using the services of an employee belonging to a bargaining unit that is on strike or in lockout. The Montreal Gazette says McGill is "playing hardball." (McGill was recently found in violation of the labour code when professors without managerial status were taking on the workload of striking TAs.) Montreal Gazette