WINNIPEG — Faculty members at the University of Manitoba are on strike, meaning up to 29,000 students could be left in educational limbo.
Staff took to the picket line Tuesday morning at the university’s Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. Mediation between university and University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) is set to continue Wednesday, but an end date to the strike is still unknown.
The faculty’s last collective agreement expired in March. Mediated talks broke down last week over issues including wages, workload and performance assessments.
This isn’t the first time staff at the University of Manitoba headed to the picket line. UMFA has been a certified union since 1975. Since then the union has been on strike three times – all of them took place in October and early November.
Timeline of strike action
Longest university strike in Manitoba
- The longest university strike in Manitoba’s history was in 2011 at the Brandon University.
- The strike lasted 45 days.
- Staff headed to the picket line on Oct. 12, which affected 3,100 students.
- The strike ended Nov. 25.
Longest university strikes in Canada
- The longest strike at an English-speaking university in Canada was at York University. The strike lasted 85 days, from Nov. 6, 2008 to Jan. 29, 2009.
- The longest strike in Canadian history lasted four month at Laval University in Quebec in 1976.