WINNIPEG – The strike is over at the University of Manitoba after professors and other staff voted to ratify the university’s offer Monday night.
In a news release issued Monday night, the faculty association said it agreed to forego a salary increase in exchange for improvements to governance issues including workloads, performance metrics and more time for class preparation and research.
Classes are expected to resume Tuesday, November 22, but U of M Student Union Tanjit Nagra says it won’t be easy to make up three weeks of missed classes.
“I think, right now, the biggest concern is reading week in the winter term. I know that was at the risk of being shortened or eliminated if we hit week four. I hope that remains there.”
Nagra believes students should be compensated for missed classes.
“This will be an ongoing process, and will require a lot of communication. But UMSU will be doing what we can to represent our mandate, our students, and hopefully we can get that fair deal that the students deserve as well.”
Over the weekend, negotiating teams made progress on key issues such as teaching workload, performance metrics, and job protection, resulting in the tentative agreement.
The University’s negotiating team expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by the conciliation officer appointed by the Province of Manitoba, who – as the university puts it – was a vital part in bringing the parties together.