University of Manitoba faculty vote to strike

University of Manitoba students could soon see some major changes to their classes.

Strike date for more than 1,200 educators not yet set; about 29,000 students could be affected

About 29,000 students could be out of classes soon, as the University of Manitoba's faculty has voted to strike. (Meagan Fiddler/CBC)

University of Manitoba students could soon see some major changes to their classes. The university’s faculty voted in favour of a strike on Thursday, after negotiations with university officials deteriorated.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association had initiated a strike vote earlier this week. More than 800 faculty members voted, and 68 per cent were in favour of striking.

The association represents more than 1,200 educators on the university’s Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

The union has not yet set a date for when the strike will begin, and specifics of how a strike would affect classes for more than 29,000 students at the university have not yet been released.

The last collective agreement was inked between the university and the faculty association in 2010.

The Province of Manitoba has appointed a conciliator to try and come to an agreement between the two sides.

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