TRUFA leadership recommends members take the deal

Friedman: "It’s very unlikely that we would get a better deal, certainly not one through negotiation"

Following previous statements that mediation between TRU and the TRU Faculty Association (TRUFA) had failed on Friday, TRUFA’s leadership is now recommending that its members ratify the agreement recommended by mediator Mark Brown.

“This will be a vote to agree on the full mediator’s recommendations,” said TRUFA President Tom Friedman

“The actual vote will be conducted online starting tomorrow. I think after tonight’s meeting we should have a much better idea of the attitude of faculty,” said Friedman, when asked if he expected the membership to ratify the agreement.

The vote will remain open until Friday.

Friedman said that due to the TRU bargaining team’s proposals so far and the public sector bargaining mandate set out by the B.C. Government, the deal currently on the table is likely the best that TRUFA can hope for.

“The bargaining team is going to recommend that we ratify the mediator’s recommendations because it’s very unlikely that we would get a better deal, certainly not one through negotiation,” Friedman said.

Friedman would not speculate on the course of action the union would take if its members vote not to ratify the current deal.