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U of M profs begin strike vote

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University of Manitoba professors began taking a strike vote Monday night that will continue Wednesday.

Results will be known Thursday, said U of M Faculty Association president Prof. Sharon Alward.

"I’m just hoping we don’t" go out on strike, Alward said Monday.

Alward did not say how soon professors might go on strike if UMFA gets support for a strike, but said students would be writing mid-terms towards the end of October.

The U of M has offered professors 8.9 per cent over four years, while the union wants 5.8 per cent in a two-year deal.

The two sides strongly disagree whether the university’s position threatens tenure and academic freedom.

UMFA went on strike in 1995 and 2001.

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