A third party will settle the score between UNBC and its faculty after a mediator's recommendation the two sides head to binding arbitration.
The move comes as the latest step in the ongoing labour dispute at the post-secondary institution that culminated in a two-week shutdown of the school when faculty walked off the job March 5.
The two sides spent one day in mediation with the Labour Relations Board's Trevor Sones, who recommended the arbitration step.
UNBC and the UNBC Faculty Association have 20 days to agree on an arbitrator. The Labour Relations Board will appoint someone if they don't come to an agreement in that timeframe.