Thompson Rivers University faculty taking non-confidence vote

KAMLOOPS - A labour dispute at Thompson Rivers University ended this February but the faculty are still unhappy with administrators, leading to the launch of a non-confidence vote this week.

Initiated at a general faculty meeting in February, faculty at the Kamloops and Williams Lake campuses will vote whether or not they have confidence in five senior administrators at the university. The vote will take place online over the next week.

“Our members clearly felt that TRU senior administrators had demonstrated a lack of leadership, a lack of respect for faculty opinions, a failure to address key issues at bargaining, and a ‘management by crisis’ attitude toward academic decisions and planning,” faculty association president Tom Friedman says in a release.

The association, which represents roughly 800 instructors, librarians, counsellors and instruction support staff in Kamloops and Williams Lake, and the university administration ratified a labour agreement in February after a mediator was brought in to help with the drawn out negotiations.

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