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‘Worst case scenario’ in VIU strike

Negotiations break down again, semester still under threat


 

Negotiations between Vancouver Island University and the faculty association have again failed to put an end to a four-week strike, that has left classes canceled for students. After talks broke down Wednesday evening, VIU spokesperson Toni O’Keefe told the Nanaimo Daily News that the administration “see(s) this as the worst-case scenario.” O’Keefe also said that “The union keeps introducing new items in the negotiations and reintroducing items that were off the table” and she accused the VIU Faculty Association of “trying to seek control over the university.” VIUFA had been requesting that the university commit to language surrounding job security and to put a freeze on the size of the administration. President Dan McDonald said there is no reason that the two sides should not return to the bargaining table. “All we’re asking is that the university freeze the growth of its administration at the same time they are considering laying off my members. That would, in fact, save VIU money,” he said. The university has set Monday as the deadline before the semester would have to be extended.


 
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‘Worst case scenario’ in VIU strike

  1. The strike is getting ridiculous.
    The teachers should allow the semester to finish, and then resume their strike throughout the summer. They will lose a little leverage by doing so, but they won’t hold the students hostage. Let the teachers battle it out over the summer where summer semester is mostly an optional semester, not a required semester, for students. That way the teachers get their point across, can continue bargaining, and the students don’t get punished for it.

  2. It is very difficult to understand why the union continues this strike. Management has the right to manage. The union can’t really expect to have control over hiring of administrative positions.

    I feel sorry for teachers, support staff, students (my own included) and everyone else caught up in this mess.

  3. How pathetic. Young education and nursing students that have time sensitive semesters being held to ransom, despite paying hefty tuition fees. If anyone at the “University” (and I use that term grudgingly)really cared about education they’d think about the students and not themselves. No wonder VIU doesn’t even show up anywhere in McClean’s university rankings, nor will it when it’s so bush league. Nice to see the foreign students are still being taught at a local hotel however so VIU’s reputation among foreign countries doesn’t suffer. How two-faced is that. Check out mobydicku.ca for a tongue in cheek schedule. Hmmm, I wonder in which local hotel/motel these foreign kids are holding class??

  4. The teachers should allow the semester to finish, and then resume their strike throughout the summer. They will lose a little leverage by doing so, but they won’t hold the students hostage. Let the teachers battle it out over the summer where summer semester is mostly an optional semester, not a required semester, for students. That way the teachers get their point across, can continue bargaining, and the students don’t get punished for it.

    This sounds good but have your really given any thought into this. Sure let them go back to work and the degree programs finish out their class. And then go on strike again. This will not hurt anyone. Give your head a shake. What about all the other students that are taking classes at VIU. Do they not count.

    The biggest problem with this whole think is the people that think they are so smart are really the ones looking silly now.

    Get out there what is really going on. If in fact Toni Okeefe is really making more money and they have lied. Put it out there so everyone can see it. Stop telling half the story and tell the public what is really going on. This is how you are going to get support from the public.

  5. Surely now, the silent majority of faculty will have the courage to stand up and state enough is enough.
    The Faculty cannot expect to tie the Administration’s hands which the last cause presented by the VIUFA was designed to do. The VIUFA’s negotiators have overplayed their hand placing their people in a corner and subsequently failing thousands of students.

  6. As usual the students suffer, pathetic..there’s a time and place for this strike and it should not be at the expense of the students.

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  8. Due to ‘job action’, many students will have decent jobs (with benefits) at the end of their studies/ within their careers. It’s about protecting ‘local student accessibility’ to university education. The faculty is advocating for present, and future, students- within our region- based in the philosophy of “Malaspina”. Should post-secondary education be corporate, just as in ‘health care’? Think about it. (See: Canada Health Act, 1984.) Elections are coming…

    • You’ve got to be kidding L E.

      This strike has never been about “local student accessibility” or “corporate education”. Those are just catchphrases that the faculty association tossed out because “guaranteed job for life” doesn’t play well in the media. Nonetheless that is what they went on strike over, a simple “no layoffs” demand.

      When that wouldn’t fly they tried to pretend it was about layoffs only in the most dire of emergencies (like “every other university has”, ignoring the whole issue of tenure that goes hand in hand with that).

      Then they switched to “accountability and transparency” and got one of their members who is an accountant to cobble up a poorly researched report on the state of VIUs financial data.

      The latest story is “freezing the growth of administration when laying off members”. Funny how in their proposal the university is still free to spend money on any “administrative” function other than hiring an excluded employee. Consultants seem to be OK, even solid gold faucets in the executive washroom would apparently pass their test, just don’t hire one of those evil “administrators”

      The communication strategy of the VIUFA during this dispute has been one of half-truths and misdirection. To top it all off I read today on a facebook group that VIUFA administers that members are patting the union president on the back for “taking the high road”. If the tactics VIUFA used in this strike were the “high road” I shudder to think what the member contemplated taking the “low road” looked like (picket line violence? vandalism? death threats? who knows).