The University of Manitoba has reached a tentative agreement with its striking faculty members that could see students back in class by Tuesday.

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The University of Manitoba has reached a tentative agreement with its striking faculty members that could see students back in class by Tuesday.

University administration announced late Sunday evening that the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) executive is recommending an acceptance of the agreement to its members, who will vote on Monday.

Classes are expected to resume Tuesday if the deal is approved by UMFA members.

The faculty went on strike on Nov. 1 after being without a contract since March 31. The key sticking points between UMFA and the administration surrounded issues on workload protection for professors, instructors and librarians

Other issues included job security for instructors and librarians, and fair assessment practices of professors.

The administration said negotiating teams spent the weekend going over the key issues.

"The last few weeks have been challenging, and at times divisive, but it is my hope that our community will reunite in support of our commitment to our shared mission of teaching, discovery and engagement," said David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor, in a news release.

"To our students, I want to say that I understand and appreciate the extent to which the events of the past few weeks have disrupted your academic programs and shaken your perceptions of this institution. Please know that we are committed to providing a rapid transition back to class so that you can successfully complete the academic year."

The administration said it will not discuss details of the tentative agreement until the UMFA executive has briefed its members. Students should continue checking umanitoba.ca/strikeinfo for updates. All students can expect to receive an email Monday with detailed information about class and exam schedules, as well as available student support services.

In a text message to the Free Press, Mark Hudson, president of UMFA, confirmed they have reached a tentative deal. The ratification vote will be Monday and classes will resume Tuesday if the agreement is approved.

"No details of the deal can go out until after the ratification," he texted.

 

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