Special mediator adjourns bargaining process

The provincially-appointed special mediator has adjourned talks with the University of Northern British Columbia and its faculty association.

Trevor Sones made the move on Thursday evening, according to an update on the UNBC website.

article continues below

No agreement was reached between the two parties as the strike has entered its 22nd day.

"The special mediator has indicated he will be in touch with the parties over the next few days to discuss options moving forward," the posting said.

According to a posting on the UNBC FA website, differences remain over whether a particular demand from UNBC will put the union in legal jeopardy.

"Both parties had counsel present yesterday, providing the opportunity for the lawyers to discuss matters," FA bargaining committee chair Ted Binnema said in the posting.

"Late yesterday, the Employer finally presented another proposal, although the new proposal appears to be similarly unlawful. As a result, no agreement could be reached, and the meeting adjourned late yesterday evening."

However, he said UNBC has agreed to remove and sign off nine articles from their package offer in the last two days.

"We had converged on those issues even before the mediator arrived, but we do welcome being able actually to conclude those articles. Only eight articles remain to be negotiated," he said.

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Prince George Citizen welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. Comments that contain external links will not be permitted. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus
Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!

Charitable holiday giving POLL

How are you giving to charity this Christmas?

or  view results

Popular Citizen

Community Event Calendar


Find out what's happening in your community and submit your own local events.

Lowest Gas Prices in Prince George
Prince George Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com