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The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) entered into binding arbitration with the University of Manitoba over the weekend to settle outstanding issues from the strike in November.
The Manitoba government has been ordered to pay the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) over $19.3 million for secretly interfering with UMFA’s contract negotiations in 2016.
Post-secondary union members from British Columbia flew into Manitoba late last month to offer their support to then-striking members of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA).
In a statement to his colleagues at the U of M, vice-president (external) John Kearsey announced he would be resigning Dec. 3.
UMSU passed a motion Nov. 22 endorsing binding arbitration to resolve the UMFA strike.
A number of incidents have further eroded the relationship between UMFA, the university administration and the provincial government since then, and the effect is palpable. In 2016, as I remember it, the mood was determined but apologetic — the academic strike was a new and frightening concept to most students, and both UMFA and the university made significant efforts to explain what was happening and maintained an outwardly friendly relationship. But this disagreement has gone on for years now, and what seemed like a small fight has escalated to full-blown resentment.
Despite promotion considered problematic by some, an evening strike march through Old Tuxedo proceeded smoothly last Tuesday.
The students, organized by Students Supporting UMFA (SSUMFA), demanded the administration offer faculty a fair deal. The protesters held signs with slogans like, “Listen up Benarroch” — directed at university president Michael Benarroch — and “Get back to bargaining” as they prevented staff from entering the building until 9:30 a.m.
Since the UMFA strike began on Nov. 2, students have stepped up to provide support for their peers and organize demonstrations in support of UMFA.