CBU Talks Resume, Today
The union for faculty and Cape Breton University administration are heading back to the bargaining table today with the help of a provincial conciliator.
Talks are resuming after two days of negotiations last month, when the university introduced new language in a layoff clause that’s being criticized by the union.
The university says the clause allows for discussion on how to reduce staffing costs for what it calls good faith financial or academic reasons.
The Faculty Association says the clause raises job security concerns, and it’s hinted at the possibility of job action.
The union has been in a legal strike position since December 26th and a strike or lockout can take place with 48 hours notice.
Last month, the CBU Board of Governors voted downed a tentative contract union members voted 92 percent in favour of.
The Board also fired David Wheeler as president over his handling of contract talks.