WINNIPEG – The faculty strike at the University of Manitoba is moving into a third week, with no end in sight.
Conciliation between the school and faculty association ended Sunday with no deal reached.
That means classes remain cancelled for thousands of students and the academic schedule for the rest of the school year may need to be altered. Exams are already being pushed back and reading week may be wiped out.
The school now wants the faculty association to let professors vote on their latest offer.
U of M Vice President John Kearsey says he believes the union leadership have dug in their heels.
“There was no flexibility from the UMFA negotiating team on the issue of teaching workload,” he says.
“We see this as a potential way of bring and end to the strike and getting the students back in the classroom so we really hope they will allow this to go through their members for a vote.”
Workload for professors remains the major sticking point. Kearsey says the faculty association don’t want deans of departments to have the final say on how many classes professors teach.
“We have to allow our managers to be able to determine teaching workloads,” he says.
Kearsey says the faculty association leadership is scheduled to meet Monday to discuss next steps.
When asked whether the school may need to look at reimbursing students for loss class time, he said that discussion hasn’t happened yet but may need to if this goes much longer.
Students can find the latest information about the strike and a list of classes that are continuing here.