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U of M keeps strike contingency plans under wraps

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The University of Manitoba won’t reveal its contingency plans for a possible professors’ strike until and unless it's necessary.

"Major events are always planned with possible contingencies in mind, and those would be finalized and shared as necessary, in order not to contribute to more confusion," U of M marketing and communications director John Danakas said today. The university will keep students informed of any new developments.

Events will proceed normally this week, including classes and fall convocation, Danakas said.

Conciliation is scheduled for Wednesday.

The U of M Faculty Association has received 68 per cent approval to go on strike, but has not yet set a strike date.

The two sides are deeply split over the union’s belief the university is threatening academic freedom and tenure, allegations that U of M denies.

The U of M has offered a four-year deal of 2.9 per cent the first year and two per cent each of the following three years, which compounds to 9.2 per cent.

UMFA has countered with a two-year offer of 2.9 per cent each year, which compounds to 5.9 per cent.

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