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U of M Faculty Members Vote to Strike

October 10, 2013 1:09 PM | News

By Sarah Klein

University Centre on the U of M's Fort Garry campus (FILE)

University Centre on the U of M’s Fort Garry campus (FILE)

Faculty members at the University of Manitoba could be off the job soon after they voted to strike.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) authorized their union to strike, with 820 members voting 68 percent in favour of strike action.

The vote came earlier this week after negotiations between the UMFA and university broke off. About 1,200 faculty members are represented by the association.

“The Association is very pleased with the excellent voter turnout and with the membership’s strong show of support for UMFA’s positions and for the bargaining team,” said UMFA president Sharon Alward. “UMFA continues to hope for a negotiated settlement, but to achieve that the employer must now begin to bargain seriously on the outstanding issues.”

The union hasn’t yet set a strike date and classes are currently going ahead as normal.