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A second round of conciliated talks between Mount Saint Vincent University and its faculty association has ended without a deal.
The two sides had entered conciliation earlier this month with no success, according to a news release from the faculty association.
After the conciliator invited both sides back to the table for further meetings, which happened on Nov. 22, the faculty offered “significant concessions,” the release said, but to no avail.
The faculty association said the university would not shift its position and did not provide a counter offer.
“We are disappointed that the employer has failed to respond to our concerns about workload, leaves, and total compensation,” Robert Farmer, president of the faculty association, said in the release.
Brian Jessop, vice-president of administration at the Mount, said in an emailed statement that university representatives are disappointed that a deal was not reached. But they “remain committed to the collective bargaining process and believe in fair outcomes that meet the needs of both parties.
“During conciliation, the university presented an offer that addressed many of the items tabled by the MSVUFA — including increases to compensation, retirement benefits, leaves and workload stipends — while maintaining our focus on students and the sustainability of the university in the face of a challenging fiscal reality,” Jessop said.
Wages, workload and support for caregivers and victims of domestic violence are among the issues that have been discussed in multiple meetings since June.
The 144-member union represents full-time faculty, lab instructors and librarians at MSVU. Members gave the bargaining team a strike mandate in a vote held earlier this month, with 94 per cent in favour of action.
A final meeting is scheduled between the two sides and the conciliator on Jan. 2, at the conclusion of a cooling off period.
The faculty could be in a legal strike position as of Jan. 7, which is the first day students return to class for 2019. Jessop said students should plan to resume their studies or attend co-op placements and practicums as normal.