uManitoba union votes for strike mandate, claims school has $135M in savings

October 18, 2016

University of Manitoba professors claim that the university has $135M in cash savings that it is not spending on salaries or benefits, reports the Winnipeg Free Press. The claim comes in the wake of an 86% vote by the school’s faculty association to give its bargaining team a strike mandate. The union is asking for a one-year deal giving its members a 6.9% overall raise, while the university has offered 7% over four years in base salary and 17.5% over four years to roughly one-third of the bargaining unit's members who are eligible for incremental increases. The union contends that the school's savings are being spent largely on capital projects. uManitoba Communications manager John Danakas, however, says that professors “have received a competitive salary offer” and that much of the cited savings are spent on operating costs at the beginning of a fiscal year, before provincial grants and tuition are paid. Winnipeg Free Press