Talks Set to Resume in UNBC Labour Dispute
Prince George, B.C. – Talks between UNBC and the UNBC Faculty Association are set to resume tomorrow morning.
UNBC external relations vice-president Rob van Adrichem says the school extended the invitation to meet earlier today.
“Basically we’ve been working at ways at being flexible within our financial proposal, still within the funding parameters that we have. But trying to be as flexible as possible within that, so we’re going to be meeting tomorrow to talk about that.”
UNBCFA president Jacqueline Holler says she isn’t sure with clarity what that means, but still calls it a positive development.
“I think the signal of being flexible is a very good thing. As for the rest of it, I think we’ll have to see what’s there.”
She adds her membership has clear expectations moving forward.
“Our members are expecting an agreement on compensation that will fix the broken salary system at UNBC, or at least, a proposal that isn’t going to destroy the salary system further which is what we’ve seen so far.”
Talks between both sides broke off last week after the UNBCFA rejected the school’s offer of a 5.5% wage increase over the next five years.