Here’s an update to a previous story we’ve brought you on Bridge City News. The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association members have been without a contract for over 500 days now. The association has now moved their headquarters to a new location in downtown Lethbridge to support members if they take job action such as a strike. The President of the UFLA, Daniel O’Donnell, says his members’ needs are not being met at the bargaining table. A mediator was put in place and talks between the two parties were completed this week.
“The results of that we agreed we wouldn’t say much about what was going on while that’s ongoing. I think it’s fair to say that there was movements on both sides. At the same time we’re not close to an agreement yet. What we do know is that the mandate has changed in the province. I think that that’s showing up. We don’t have anything specifically about how it’s supposed to have changed yet. We’ve seen from other tables what the madnate would look like. I think there has been progress, but not nearly as much as we’d hoped to see at this time.”
In November, the UFLA held a rally at the U of L, mentioning that talks have hit a snag with the University.