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Special mediator adjourns talks with UNBC and faculty association, for now

Provincially-appointed special mediator Trevor Sones adjourned meetings between University of Northern British Columbia representatives and the striking UNBC Faculty Association.

Sones was appointed earlier this week met with bargaining teams for sessions that went well into the evenings on both Wednesday and Thursday.

No agreement was reached between the two parties. The faculty association has been on strike since November 7.

“The employer agreed to remove and sign off nine articles from their package offer in the last two days,” according to a bargaining update from the faculty association. “We had converged on those issues even before the mediator arrived, but we do welcome being able actually to conclude those articles. Only eight articles remain to be negotiated.”

The special mediator has indicated he will be in touch with the parties over the next few days to discuss options moving forward, according to a post on the university website.

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