U of W faculty and administration seek conciliation

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WINNIPEG — University of Winnipeg professors and administration agreed Sunday to ask the province for conciliation in a joint request, spokespersons for both sides say.

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WINNIPEG — University of Winnipeg professors and administration agreed Sunday to ask the province for conciliation in a joint request, spokespersons for both sides say.

The development follows word Saturday that the university administration was looking to conciliation after rejecting a faculty request for an 8.4 per cent pay raise over three years.

By early Sunday the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association had agreed to ask the province to appoint a conciliator to break the impasse in talks.

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS The U of W Faculty Association has voted in favour of a strike after breaking off talks on Saturday afternoon. The University of Winnipeg has asked professors to postpone their strike deadline of next Wednesday so negotiations can go to conciliation.

Within hours, both sides of the bargaining dispute had agreed to approach the province together.

“We’ve agreed to jointly seek conciliation,” said Dan Hurley, U of W’s associate vice-president.

“We were asking for that and it’s good to hear we’re going to go together,” said Shannon Sampert, spokeswoman for the faculty association.

A strike deadline is set for Wednesday.

At the same time, the faculty association is asking for a professional negotiator to represent their interest at conciliation. They’ve asked the Canadian Association of University Teachers to send them a negotiator.

The faculty is holding a rally at the Bulman Centre at 12:30 p.m. Monday and marching across the campus to Portage Avenue to its strike headquarters at 309 Balmoral St.

UWFA voted 90 per cent to support a strike if needed, last week.

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Updated on Sunday, March 6, 2011 5:22 PM CST: Changed head and story to reflect negotiations status.

Updated on Sunday, March 6, 2011 6:23 PM CST: Joint request for mediation

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