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University of Guelph, faculty reach tentative agreement

University of Guelph have announced a new tentative contract with the union that represents 800 faculty, veterinarians and librarians.
University of Guelph have announced a new tentative contract with the union that represents 800 faculty, veterinarians and librarians. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE/Hannah Yoon

The University of Guelph has announced a tentative contract agreement with the University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA).

The two sides have been negotiating since July and came to an agreement with the help of a mediator over the weekend.

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The union represents about 800 faculty, veterinarians and librarians.

“The UGFA negotiating team is pleased to announce that, after eleven hours of mediation, we have reached a tentative agreement with management,” said chief negotiator Ed Carter and UGFA president Bill Cormack in a statement posted to their website. “Without the support of the membership, expressed through a strong strike vote, we feel certain that we would not have reached a fair agreement.

Details of the tentative contract are confidential pending a ratification vote by union members and the University’s board of governors.

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The UGFA is holding a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the terms of the agreement.

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