WINNIPEG – We’re now into day four of a faculty strike at the University of Manitoba.
The two sides continue talking with a conciliator to try to resolve their differences.
Paul Therrien, VP labour relations and human resources consulting at Legacy Bowes Group, says a conciliator will usually put the two parties in separate rooms.
“By getting each side separately to focus on what are the differences and what are the commonalities, then he’ll be able to direct them a little bit and try and get them to move on one aspect or another.”
Therrien adds the process will move by small steps.
“They’re going to find one thing that both people have in common. They have a common goal, probably just a matter of, ‘How are we going to articulate that in a contract so that we’re going to end up with a win-win situation?'”
The faculty says they have backed down on a salary increase and are now focused on lessening the workload on professors.