Nova Scotia

Faculty association, Dalhousie meet with conciliator

Members of the Dalhousie Faculty Association and Dalhousie University met with a conciliator Saturday morning in a last attempt to avoid a strike.

Talks continue over weekend to beat strike deadline of midnight Sunday

Members of the Dalhousie Faculty Association and Dalhousie University met with a conciliator Saturday morning in a last attempt to avoid a strike, which would affect students starting Monday.

The Dalhousie Faculty Association has set a strike deadline of just after midnight Sunday.

The association and the university met Saturday with a conciliator and the association is hopeful an agreement can be reached.

"The conciliation started at 9:30. The word from my president last night was that things are going well and he's hopeful that a deal can be reached," said faculty association spokeswoman Karen Janigan.

If a deal is not reached, the strike will go ahead, but Janigan said they will do their best to help students after it's over.

"The faculty, the librarians, the instructors and the counsellors totally understand how a strike affects students, and they would do everything in their power to make sure they could still graduate and get to their summer jobs on time," she said.

Janigan said the two sides are committed to staying at the table this weekend until a settlement is reached.

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