The University of Manitoba's faculty association has narrowly voted to accept the administration's final offer, putting an end to the ongoing labour dispute about wage increases during the pandemic.
With less than 55 per cent of the association voting in favour of accepting a one-time payment for extra work done during COVID-19, calls to hit the picket line for strike action have now been averted.
Still, the association believes their work to block wage suppression under the previously mandated Public Services Sustainability Act — that sought to freeze the pay of more than 100,000 public sector workers, and was thrown out by a Manitoba court in June — has not yet ended.
"Professors, instructors, librarians, and archivists have expressed widespread anger at the University president, Michael Bennaroch, as well as the Pallister government, and know they deserve better," said Michael Shaw, president of the association, in a statement Saturday.
"We will continue to fight for post-secondary education and for investment in public services in the months that come."