Faculty members at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are inching closer to a Monday strike, which will impact the school’s more than 10,000 students.
UOIT and the UOIT Faculty Association (UOITFA) have continued their scheduled negotiations this week as the March 21 strike deadline approaches.
The final of three scheduled days of negotiations is Wednesday (March 16). A ministry-appointed mediator will be present and will work between the UOITFA and UOIT administration in an attempt to reach an agreement.
The two sides have already agreed on many non-monetary aspects of the collective agreement, but are in talks about several monetary issues.
Neither side has provided a comment on the status of the talks that took place Monday and Tuesday.
However, the UOITFA, representing the more than 170 tenured and tenure-track faculty in negotiations, is set to open its strike headquarters at 115 Albert St. in downtown Oshawa March 16 at 10 a.m.
UOIT has not yet released a contingency plan in the case of a strike, but has indicated it will provide updates through the school website. The UOIT exam period is less than a month away, currently scheduled for April 13 to April 24.
If the two sides have not come to an agreement by Sunday, March 20 at midnight, both sides will be in a strike/lockout position come Monday morning.
The Chronicle will provide updates on the negotiations through our website and Twitter.