Faculty members striking at the University of Manitoba marched from Chancellor Matheson and Pembina to the administration building today, and they weren’t alone.
Representatives from other unions in the city were present, including the Manitoba Teachers Society. Faculty from universities throughout the country attended the march as well, with some presenting donations to the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) ranging from $500 to $5,000.
Students were also seen at the march, proudly holding ‘Students Support UMFA’ signs.
Once everyone arrived at the administration building, UMFA provided those who were present with information including what they’re fighting for and what the university has offered.
“We want to let them know loud and clear what it is we’re asking for and show them that we have this broad support. What we’re doing is taking a serious stand for our own working conditions but also for the learning conditions of University of Manitoba students,” said UMFA president, Mark Hudson.
The support shown today from faculty associations across the country, is a clear indication the issues “matter not just at the University of Manitoba but also for academics across the country,” Hudson said.
UMFA and members of the administration met with a conciliator appointed by the province on Wednesday and Thursday. They didn’t meet today, but have scheduled more talks in hopes of reaching a deal soon. Until then, the picket lines will continue going up every weekday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m at the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.
“The University of Manitoba administration seems to be having a hard time understanding our priorities. They also seem unaware that the issues we are fighting for are broadly supported by students, by our members and by academics across Canada,” Hudson said.
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