(Brandon Nov. 24) Brandon University faculty will vote on the Administration's latest offer next week. The vote was imposed by the government and will be overseen by the Labor Relations Board. The 240 members of BUFA have been on strike since October 12. The strike is now the longest in Manitoba university history.
A mediator had suggested there be binding arbitration but this was not accepted by the union which wanted to continue negotiations. The union has recommended faculty reject the Administration offer and calls the vote a waste of time.
However given the pressures to end the strike the faculty could very well vote for the offer. Should the offer be rejected the minister of Labor and Immigration has said that binding arbitration could be an option.
The students are perhaps the biggest losers in the strike. Most of the fall term has been lost. Some are demanding their fees back. However, the intention seems to be that the faculty will make up the time after the strike ends. In fact one of the issues in dispute is compensation for the extra faculty time required to make up this lost class time. For more see this article and also this letter to the editor.