Tentative agreement reached in U of M strike; classes could resume Tuesday

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) announced on Monday morning that it has reached a tentative agreement with university’s administration, which could put an end to the 35-day strike.

UMFA made the announcement in a news release, saying the tentative agreement is still subject to a secret ballot ratification vote during the union’s special general meeting, which is set to take place on Monday evening.

Should UMFA members vote to ratify, University of Manitoba (U of M) students will be back in class on Tuesday morning.

UMFA’s executive council has unanimously recommended ratification of the tentative agreement, which the union says prioritizes staff retention, and improved working and learning conditions.

Orvie Dingwall, UMFA president, said in a news release that the union’s members have “stood together to protect the independence and future of our university.”

“We have refused to let the provincial government’s interference reduce the competitiveness of Manitoba’s only research-intensive university,” she said.

“Because of the support from students, and the solidarity from supporters of public education, we have been able to reach a tentative agreement that prioritizes recruitment and retention.”

The results of the ratification vote will be released after public polls close at 11:30 p.m. on Monday. Details of the tentative agreement will be made public pending the result of the vote.

CTV News Winnipeg has reached out to the U of M for comment.

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