Thompson Rivers University 'remains optimistic' about contract negotiations with faculty

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KAMLOOPS – Thompson Rivers University administration believes a collective agreement with its faculty can be reached by the New Year.

According to the university’s website, it "remains optimistic" progress is being made in the on-going contract negotiations. Administration and the faculty association met Dec. 7, and will meet again today, Dec. 10 and again tomorrow.

The university says it has offered faculty a full package of proposals. It vows to increase the salary cap from $130,050 to $144,792 and to give sessional faculty a 8.67 per cent increase and improve their access to benefits.

Administration says to continue supporting research at the university and start a fund to attract quality instructors and researchers.

The university says it is not proposing to increase class sizes or the number of courses taught per instructor.   

The Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association received a strike mandate from their members Nov. 20. If the association calls a formal strike, it must give the university 72 hours notice.

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