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Labour situation at Dalhousie remains 'uncertain', says faculty association

The Dalhousie Faculty Association says the labour situation remains 'uncertain' at the university after the administration rejected recommendations from a conciliation board
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Dalhousie University (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

The Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) says the labour situation remains "uncertain" at the university after the administration rejected recommendations from a conciliation board.

The DFA says it was surprised and disappointed to learn that Dalhousie’s board of governors had rejected the conciliation report. The Dec. 16 report was accepted by faculty.

But the university says the board of governors rejected just one of the recommendations. 

"The final two items, salary increases and changes to education leave for instructors, were put to the conciliation board for review and recommendation," said Jasmine Walsh, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources. "The Dalhousie Board has agreed to accept the conciliation board's recommendation on salary but is not accepting the recommendations on education leave."

The two sides have reached out to the conciliation officer to set up a meeting in hopes of still reaching a tentative deal. According to the faculty association, both sides have committed to no strike or lock-out until the meeting happens.

Walsh said the university is "confident" a deal will be reached early in the new year.

The DFA membership voted 90 per cent in favour of a strike mandate in October. The faculty association says that mandate is in place in case an agreement can't be reached.

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