On Wednesday (March 2) afternoon, the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association’s (UWFA) strike vote passed with 90 per cent of votes in favour of a strike.
The news comes after two failed attempts by the university administration and UWFA to reach an agreement on a new contract.
“There was a 90 per cent strike vote with an overwhelming number of members voting, and we have set a strike deadline of Wed., March 9 at 12:01 a.m. However, the parties will still be going back to the bargaining table (Thursday),” UWFA president Kristine Hansen said in an email to The Uniter.
Although members of the UWFA are technically not allowed to speak publicly about the issues involved because of a UWFA guideline not to bargain through the media, some professors have told their classes that fair wages are a main reason for the potential strike.
If further bargaining fails, the UWFA will begin their strike on Wednesday, March 9 at 12:01 a.m.
The UWFA is holding information meetings for students on Thursday, March 3 at 12:00 p.m. in 5L24 and Friday, March 4 at 12:30 in 1L11.