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.

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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.

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