THE University of Manitoba and its professors have until next Tuesday to make a deal -- or students start to suffer.
The U of M Faculty Association has set Tuesday as a strike date, after receiving 68 per cent approval for a strike in three days of voting last week.
The UMFA set a strike date before the first conciliation talks begin today. Further conciliation talks follow Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The UMFA did not respond to numerous phone and email interview requests throughout the day Tuesday.
"It is disappointing to see a strike deadline set before conciliation has even begun. The University of Manitoba remains committed to seeking a negotiated settlement and avoiding a disruption to student learning and success," U of M marketing and communications director John Danakas said Tuesday evening.
"The university enters the conciliation process hopeful of a positive result and is willing to work towards that goal as necessary. If focus now shifts from resolving the impasse to conducting a strike, the chances of reaching an agreement and avoiding a strike could be compromised."
The U of M said it will tell students as much as it can, as soon as it can. Mid-term exams start soon.