Talks resume in university strike

Vancouver Island University professors and university administrators are talking again.

  • Mar. 16, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Vancouver Island University professors and university administrators are talking again.

The VIU Faculty Association has been on strike since March 10 after contract negotiations broke down earlier last week.

Talks between the two parties are expected to resume once a government-appointed mediator arrives, said Dan McDonald, faculty association president.

He said the association contacted university officials and the two sides agreed Tuesday to schedule another meeting. This will be the first meeting since talks stalled out last Thursday.

The main sticking point when negotiations broke down last week was over job security issues, said McDonald.

The association wants administrators to prove that each layoff or program reduction is necessary before the cut is permitted, he said.

Toni O’Keeffe, VIU spokeswoman, said the university anticipates the meeting would take place Wednesday (March 16) evening or Thursday (March 17) morning depending on when the mediator is available.

“We’re prepared to talk about whatever they’ve got on the table,” she said.

Nanaimo News Bulletin