UManitoba, UMFA bring in mediator, continue negotiations

November 10, 2020
The University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association have agreed to bring in a mediator to help with negotiations as faculty move toward a potential strike on November 16th. CBC reports that the union is asking for a “modest” pay increase, a more equitable salary grid, and more supports for faculty members who are caring for others due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC also reports that the Manitoba government has asked UManitoba to seek a 2.5% reduction in faculty labour costs. “We’re working more hours. We’re teaching more students than ever with the same size workforce we had last year, so I really have no idea how we could cut our expenditures,” said UMFA President Michael Shaw. CBC | CBC | UManitoba (MB)