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News brief: No strike or lockout during Dalhousie Fall semester

KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – There will be no strike or lockout at Dalhousie this Fall semester. 

Earlier this afternoon the Board agreed to a proposal by the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) to refer the outstanding bargaining issues to a conciliation board who could recommend possible resolutions.

This comes after weeks of signaling by the university’s Board of Governors that was going to push its demands all the way to its logical conclusion, ignoring the pandemic-related pressures on faculty and students.

“The Board and the Dalhousie Faculty Association have agreed to request the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education to appoint a conciliation board to assist us in reaching renewal of our collective agreement. A conciliation board will include nominees from both the Board and DFA. The timing for the conciliation board process is to be determined, recognizing both parties will fully engage and respect the conciliation board process,” a joint statement by the parties announces. 

Don’t expect any further communication for the time being.

“Together, we have agreed that we will not be making additional public statements in regards to negotiations, but will certainly ensure relevant updates for our community are shared as soon as they are available,” the release states.  

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