January 18, 2021

University of Dalhousie, faculty reach temporary agreement on new contract | Canada | News

Labor disruption was avoided at the largest university in Nova Scotia.

Bargaining committees for the University of Dalhousie in Halifax and its faculty reached a temporary contract after meeting with a government contractor on Friday.

The university and the Dalhousie Faculty Association shared the news of the temporary agreement with students and staff in an email on Friday, saying the negotiators had resolved the pending issues.

“The parties would like to thank all the bargaining team members who volunteered their time to engage in this important process,” the statement said.

Details of the new collective agreement will not be released until approved by the faculty members and the university governing board.

The two sides came close to reaching a two-year agreement last month. The executive committee of the teachers’ union was ready to approve all the recommendations in the December 16 conciliation report, but the university refused to accept the proposed changes to the academic leave for instructors.

Neither side has promised a strike or a lockout until the compromise resumes in the new year.

The faculty association represents about 1,000 professors, instructors, librarians and consultants at the university. More than 90 percent of members voted in favor of the strike in October.

More than 19,000 students are enrolled in Dalhousie. Like many universities, most of its courses are conducted online this academic year due to the Govt-19 epidemic, with a limited number of staff and faculty admitted on campus.

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