Support staff at UNBC began casting their ballots in a strike vote Wednesday.
Members of Local 3799 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will complete their vote Thursday.
Including part-time workers, UNBC has 370 CUPE members on its support staff. That includes all non-faculty teaching staff, maintenance and facilities workers, lab assistants, and administrative assistants and officers.
"Negotiations have been continuing, it's not like one side has broken it off," said Rob van Adrichem, UNBC's vice-president external relations. "They've broken for the summer but they're scheduled to continue again in the fall.
"We don't want to have labour disruptions, but if talks had broken off there would be more cause for concern than this. The fact talks are scheduled and ongoing is the critical piece."
CUPE is the only union represented at UNBC.