University of Windsor, WUFA avert strike, set to negotiate
A strike at the University of Windsor has been averted, for now.
The Windsor University Faculty Association and the University of Windsor administration have agreed to go back to the bargaining table.
The two parties have requested the help of a senior provincial mediators from the Ministry of Labour to sit in on contract negotiations on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 this week.
There will be no work stoppage during the period of mediation. WUFA had intended to hold a full strike start Oct. 1 in an effort to resume negotiations.
"It would have been a disaster, especially for grad students because lots of deadlines we would be missing…if we miss the deadline this year that means we have to wait for next year,"said Iftekhar Basith, a student at the university. "So if it resolves and we don't go on strike it helps us immensely."
"I appreciate and I am hopeful the they reach a negotiation," he said.
The union held a one day strike on Sept. 15. This was followed by rotating half-day strikes.
WUFA voted in favour of strike action in August after administration rejected the school's "final offer."
The vote came after administration implemented the terms and conditions of that offer, even though WUFA did not agree with the terms.