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UNBC faculty association issues strike notice

UNBC could be behind a picket line Thursday morning.

The UNBC Faculty Association issued a 72-hour strike notice to the university at 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Despite ongoing negotiations and mediation at the bargaining table, the UNBC Faculty Association (FA) chose to issue 72-hour strike notice to the University this morning at 7 a.m. The earliest FA members can strike is Thursday morning at 7 a.m., Nov.7.

The association has indicated that pickets will be erected at the Prince George campus, the Terrace campus, and at the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, according to a labour relations update on the university’s website.

The university will continue to update students and staff regarding the latest developments; official decisions regarding the status of classes will come from UNBC.

The has tabled a new offer. however, given the short timeframe created by the 72-hour strike notice, the university will not post the details of the offer until the faculty association bargaining team has had time to review and respond. 

“They made an entirely new demand on tenure and promotion – a demand we had never seen before,” according to the latest negotiation bulletin from Ted Binnema, chief negotiator for the faculty association. “And we are dismayed by the employer’s insistence that we can fix our salaries only if we accept concessions. “

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