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UNBC's classes resume while faculty negotiations go to mediation

03/20/2015 11:39 EDT | Updated 05/20/2015 05:59 EDT
Classes are back in session today at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George as the faculty's labour dispute heads into mediation after two weeks of strike action.

The university applied for a mediator through the Labour Relations Board under a clause allowing for a special process when two sides haven't been able to reach a first collective agreement. 

The LRB's appointed mediator will have 20 days to reach an agreement, otherwise the faculty association could resume strike action.

The association, representing professors, instructors and academic librarian members, wants an agreement similar to those at comparable universities.

Daemon Cline, a fourth-year student at UNBC, said he'll continue to put pressure on faculty and the administration to reach a permanent deal.

"It's really just postponing the strike, so I think that everyone needs to push both sides to come to an agreement," Cline said.

The university's president Daniel Weeks and the faculty association president Jacqueline Holler have both acknowledged that the strike's been inconvenient for students.

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