The union for 95 full- and part-time faculty and librarians at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design has set a strike deadline for Friday.
The deadline by the Faculty Association of NSCAD comes after several meetings with a conciliator failed to produce a contract agreement.
Union members voted 97.5 per cent in favour of a strike in a vote held last month.
The current collective agreement expired on June 30 of last year.
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The union says it has been in negotiations since July over major unsettled issues including workload, wages, job security and support for caregivers.
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It says its negotiating team remains ready to return to “productive bargaining” and hopes the university’s administration will return to the table ready to make changes that can lead to a fair agreement.