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Negotiations between St. Thomas University and the Faculty Association have continued since Wednesday, January 30 with the assistance of a mediator from the Provincial Government.
During negotiations, there was a serious impasse on the full-time agreement in the areas of compensation, as well as benefits and workload. On the part-time agreement, wages were the only outstanding issue.
Given that negotiated agreements were unable to be completed, and acting on the advice of the mediator, St. Thomas University and the Faculty Association have made a joint application to seek binding arbitration on outstanding items in the collective agreements. Today, the parties negotiated the back-to-work protocol.
This joint application ends the strike by the Faculty Association and means that classes will resume on Tuesday, February 5.
I know that there are many outstanding items we need to resolve for you and there will be further communications. For now, I, and our faculty and staff, look forward to welcoming you back to St. Thomas University.
Dr. Michael W. Higgins