University and faculty divided over recommended agreement

Two sides in labour dispute see mediator recommendations differently

TRU faculty wore signs in protest at today's board of governors meeting. (Jim Elliot/The Omega)

TRU faculty wore signs in protest at today’s board of governors meeting. (Jim Elliot/The Omega)

Mediator Mark Brown has put forth an agreement that he thinks the TRU Faculty Association (TRUFA) and the university should ratify.

TRU issued a press release at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 stating that the mediator who has been trying to negotiate a solution to the ongoing labour dispute between TRU and TRUFA has recommended an agreement for ratification.

The release from the TRU administration read: “The mediator has made a recommendation for a tentative agreement for Thompson Rivers University and the TRU Faculty Association. Ratification votes will be held in the near future.”

A post on TRUFA’s website was less hopeful.

“Mediation has failed. The parties were not able to reach a negotiated settlement. The Mediator has made independent recommendations. The TRUFA Executive will bring these recommendations to the Membership on Tuesday,” the post on TRUFA’s website read.

Earlier on Friday afternoon approximately 12 faculty members attended the TRU Board of Governor’s meeting carrying signs and wearing pins in protest of the administration’s bargaining position.

A media blackout remains in effect and neither side has provided comment on the state of the dispute beyond the above.

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