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U of W profs vote in favour of strike

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University of Winnipeg professors have voted 92 per cent in favour of a possible strike.

U of W Faculty Association president professor Hugh Grant said that 73 per cent of the 345 professors took part in voting that ended at 5 p.m.Tuesday.

Members of the bargaining unit are expected to meet at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, when they may look at setting an earliest date for going on strike for the first time in their history, Grant said.

Mediation begins Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday.

"We’ll discuss it (tomorrow) --- we won’t necessarily set a strike date," Grant said. "It depends on mediation, what might happen there.

"Parity with Manitoba universities is our priority," he said.

University of Manitoba professors settled in the fall for a compounded 7.1 per cent raise over three years, while U of W administration said it is using universities across Canada similar to U of W as a model. They are settling for one to two per cent a year.

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Updated on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM CST: Fixes typo in quote.

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