A strike deadline passed at Queen’s University this morning at 12:01 a.m. without a deal between the faculty association and administrators, reports the Kingston Whig-Standard.
However, at 5:30 a.m., Queen’s released the following statement: “The mediator advises that the talks between Queen’s and QUFA have been adjourned to allow the union negotiating committee the opportunity to meet with the QUFA executive to consider the employer’s offer. The parties will continue under the communication blackout until the conclusion of the meeting.”
The Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) represents nearly 1,200 professors, librarians and archivists. The union received a strike mandate on July 15.
Job security, pensions and wages are issues of concern, QUFA’s Paul Young told the Whig-Standard on Sunday. “We are very much focused on a negotiated agreement, that’s for sure,” Ellie Sadinsky told the paper on behalf of the administration.