University of Lethbridge faculty goes on strike

The University of Lethbridge Faculty Association is officially on strike.

At 11 a.m. Thursday faculty hit the picket line after close to two years of bargaining with the U of L’s Board of Governors. The Faculty Association is seeking a fair settlement for salary and workload inequities.

On February 2nd and 3rd the members voted 92% in favour of strike action giving a deadline of 11 o’clock on February 10, 2022. Faculty Association president Dan O’Donnell says negotiations continued right up until moments before the 11 a.m. deadline.

This of course is difficult for students, who are mid-semester and just about to go into reading week and exams. According to the U of L’s Board of Governors, “The negotiating team’s goal is to continue to bargain in good faith. Our aim is to arrive at an agreement that is mutually acceptable.”

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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