University of Manitoba Faculty Association Goes on Strike

The faculty members of the University of Manitoba have announced to initiate legal protests and hit the picket line on Tuesday morning. As of 7 a.m. in the morning, the university staff officially went on strike at the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses since they failed to acquire any consent for the new contract with the university. The picketers gathered around Chancellor Matheson Road and held signs reading “UMFA on legal strike.”

The final counter offer proposed by the school on Monday morning has been rejected by the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA). The president of the union represented about 1200 professors, instructors and librarian, Mark Hudson, announced that “we’re on legal strike because mediation came to an impasse,” adding that “let’s see if we can get something accomplished on workload protections, on performance assessment and on job security.” He claimed that “even on those things with the prospect of a zero percent salary increase, they were unable to offer us anything remotely adequate.” The negotiations have been underway since March, i.e. when the latest contract expired on March 31. Hudson elucidated that “our contract still remains in affect, until new one is negotiation, so we’re not completely without one,” he added that “once you go on strike the collective agreement is gone.”

Whereas the vice-president of external relations for the University of Manitoba, John Kearsey, alleged that “UMFA made a decision to begin a disruption to students during the school year, which is very disappointing,” adding that “30,000 students expressed to us serious concerns about this academic year… it is stressful and concerning for them.”

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