Over the weekend, the University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) reached a tentative agreement to enter into binding arbitration.
UMFA Executive will be recommending acceptance of the agreement to its members, who will vote today. Classes are expected to resume Tuesday, December 7 if the agreement is ratified.
Negotiating teams made progress on key issues, resulting in a tentative agreement that the UMFA Executive is recommending their members ratify in order to begin arbitration.
“This has been a very challenging period for our entire community and it is time to move forward. We are aligned in our commitment to the mission and vision of Manitoba's research university and to creating an exceptional work and learning environment. To our students, this has been especially hard on you. As we resume classes and interrupted research, we are committed to providing you with the support you need during this transition,” said Michael Benarroch, President and Vice-Chancellor.
“I know this strike has impacted you personally and affected your perceptions of our institution. We are committed to providing a rapid transition back to class so that you can successfully complete the academic year.”
The University Bargaining Team expressed gratitude for the assistance provided by the mediator, Arne Peltz, and to UMFA for working together to find a solution to the disagreements.
Students should continue checking umanitoba.ca/strike-informationhttp://umanitoba.ca/strike-information for updates. All students can expect to receive an email today with detailed information about class and exam schedules, as well as available student support services.