Faculty, librarians and some part-time staff at NSCAD University will vote soon on an 18-month deal designed to see them through a review of the school's future.
The deal with the Faculty Union of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design was reached Friday, though members are only hearing about it now.
'We're all waiting to see what Windsor is going to suggest to the minister' — Alvin Comiter, FUNSCAD president
Union president Alvin Comiter said NSCAD's shaky financial future played a significant role in the bargaining.
The school in downtown Halifax has been deemed one of six universities "at risk" because of its looming financial woes. It's facing a $2.4-million deficit this year.
In September, the minister of advanced education and labour appointed Howard Windsor, a former deputy minister, to examine NSCAD's options. The university has already rejected the idea of a merger.
"Negotiations were extremely difficult," Comiter told CBC News on Sunday. "We're all waiting to see what Windsor is going to suggest to the minister."
Comiter said the two sides agreed to a short collective agreement to get them through this uncertain period.
The FUNSCAD members voted 93 per cent in favour of striking if an agreement wasn't reached. They are expected to vote on the tentative deal this week.
No details of the deal have been released.
Meanwhile, technicians, gallery staff and library support staff have yet to reach an agreement with the university. They threatened to walk off the job on Thursday if a deal isn't reached by then.