Université de Saint-Boniface professors vote for strike mandate

USB professors continue to try to reach a settlement until strike date.

logo for the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU)Winnipeg (13 Mar. 2014) — Members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work as professors at the Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) have given their Bargaining Committee a strike mandate.

After 22 months of bargaining, negotiations have hit an impasse

The professors have been in negotiations since May 2012 and after 22 months have arrived at an impasse with the employer.

Despite a teaching load well above the average of other Manitoba universities (Brandon University, University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg), the remuneration of university professors at USB remains lower than that of these other institutions. And this gap in compensation is likely to widen even more significantly in the years to come, which will undermine the ability to recruit university teaching staff as well as the quality of teaching and research at the USB.

Attempts to reach a settlement will continue but a strike date of March 17 has been set.

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