After two days of conciliation, the Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) regrets that talks have broken down. “We are very disappointed in the Employer’s lack of vision for the future of the university. Our faculty would rather be in the classroom teaching than walking a picket line,” says NUFA President Susan Srigley.
However, NUFA decided there was no option at this point other than to submit a request for a “No Board” report to the Ministry of Labour. The Association will be in a legal strike position seventeen days after the Ministry issues the report.
The current negotiations with the full-time faculty bargaining unit (FASBU), which represents the 173 full-time faculty Members, began in March of this year and after five months have failed to make significant progress on major issues.
“We are passionate about our University and we are committed to protecting and improving the quality of education that our students receive,” says Srigley. “We remain hopeful that a deal can be reached before our strike deadline”.