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University of Windsor faculty to hold strke vote Aug. 14

Windsor University Faculty Association President Anne Forrest said it's a response to the school's move to implement a new contract, which staff has rejected.

Windsor University Faculty Assoication will decide on Aug. 14 if it will proceed with a strike

The University of Windsor and the union representing faculty both say they are willing to negotiate. (CBC News)

The Windsor University Faculty Association has set a date for a strike vote. 

WUFA will decide on Aug. 14 if it will proceed with a strike.

Union president Anne Forrest said it's a response to the school's move to implement a new contract, which staff and faculty have rejected . 

Forrest said she hopes the two sides can meet before that date. 

"We're very keen about the education of students," said Forrest. "These are the things we care about, we share these things with the administration, they care about them too."

"It seems surprising to us that we suddenly find ourselves in this impasse. There should be a way forward, but the only way forward should be at the bargaining table," she said.  

The two sides have been at odds for most of the summer trying to come to agreeable terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. 

Last week, university President Alan Wildeman told faculty, librarians, ancillary academic staff and sessional lecturers the school will implement its "final offer," which was presented July 15. 

He said at the time that under Ontario's Labour Relations Act the university is allowed to put the contract into effect. 

Wildeman also said the school was willing to continue talks with the WUFA, but that "the university is not prepared to bargain with itself in the face of WUFA's unrealistic monetary expectations." 

Wildemam told CBC News he will comment on WUFA's move later Thursday. 

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