Vote on mediator recommendations could end Thompson Rivers University labour dispute

KAMLOOPS - The mediator between Thompson Rivers University and its faculty is suggesting both sides vote on a tentative agreement after labour strike negotiations, which began last month, have stalled.

The university's faculty association and university representatives began mediated bargaining on Jan. 15 after the association issued a 72-hour strike notice.

Since then, negotiations have ‘failed' according to faculty member Tom Friedman.

“Mediation undertaken in an attempt to bring TRU administration and the TRU Faculty Association to a negotiated settlement has failed,” Friedman says in a press release.

Regardless, a meeting to present the mediator’s recommendations to faculty is expected tonight, Feb. 9. Following that, the faculty association and the university's board of governors will vote on whether or not to accept the recommendations.

Voting will be done online with polls opening tomorrow, Friedman says. If faculty accepts the recommendations, it will form a new collective agreement for members. If rejected the union ‘will have to decide what next steps to take,' he says. As for what could specifically happen if the recommendations were voted against, Friedman says he will not speculate.

Classes remain unaffected for students amid the dispute. 

For previous stories on the negotiations at TRU, click here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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