Winnipeg – The strike is on at the University of Manitoba.
Faculty are expected to hit the picket lines at the Fort Garry Campus, Tuesday morning after they couldn’t agree on a new contract with the university.
That means classes will be cancelled for many students until the strike is over.
The school put forward a final counter offer on Monday morning, which was rejected by the faculty association.
Mark Hudson, president of the faculty association tells 680 CJOB they went through exhaustive negotiations to try and avert a strike.
“Let’s see if we can get something accomplished on workload protections, on performance assessment and on job security,” says Hudson. “Even on those things with the prospect of a zero percent salary increase, they were unable to offer us anything remotely adequate.”
However, John Kersey, vice-president at the University of Manitoba tells 680 CJOB they tried to figure out a deal and worked through the night to get the language just right but the faculty association wasn’t making their job easy.
“They also put a big ask on the table for a seven percent [salary increase] for one year,” says Kersey. “It was very difficult circumstances.”
A provincially appointed conciliator is expected to arrive tomorrow to try and hammer out a deal that works for both sides.
They’ve been negotiating since March. The latest contract expired on March 31.
Not all classes are cancelled. Students can find a list of classes that will continue here.
The university has also set up a website to keep students informed about what’s going on. They can find that here.