Vancouver Island University faculty are still on strike after a resumption of talks on Saturday failed to produce an agreement. Both sides had initially been optimistic about returning to the table, in part because the VIU Faculty Association had modified its bargaining position to remove demands for a “no-layoffs” clause. According to a VIUFA statement issued after negotiations had stalled, the union is now requesting that if the university is contemplating layoffs, both sides should examine alternative ways to reduce costs, and if program delivery is impacted by layoffs, sufficient notice “must be given such that no student is materially affected by the cuts.” The two sides had failed to reach a compromise and no further talks are scheduled. Faculty have been on strike since March 10.
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