Université de Montréal upset over union leaflet that likened rector to Gilligan’s Island captain

MONTREAL—A Montreal university and one of its unions will sit down with a mediator Wednesday to discuss a flyer in which the institution’s rector was compared to the captain on Gilligan’s Island.

Montreal La Presse is reporting the issue goes back to 2015 when unionized students employed in research projects as well as technical and teaching assistants at Université de Montréal were negotiating a new collective agreement.

In a court filing, the university says the students’ union, which is affiliated with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, published a leaflet in which rector Guy Breton is shown in a sailor’s hat.

The handout asks who is in charge of the boat, if there is a captain on board and whether negotiations are hidden on “Gilligan’s Island” — a reference to the popular TV series that ran during the 1960s.

The Université de Montréal has issued a statement saying it took the legal route to avoid further personal attacks on its representatives.

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