By CAUT Staff
Members of the Syndicat des professeurs et professeures de l’Université Laval (SPUL) voted overwhelmingly to accept an agreement brokered by a conciliator. About 93 per cent of SPUL members voted to accept the deal, after nearly five weeks of striking. As the university’s Board of Directors also endorsed the deal, professors went back to work on March 30. The new collective agreement includes significant gains in terms of workload, the recognition of the full range of faculty functions, salaries, the accessibility of funds to support research, academic freedom, transparency, collegial governance, and the protection of members with precarious employment.
After three weeks of job action and three days of mediation, the University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association (UPEIFA) had yet to reach an agreement at the time of printing. UPEIFA members remained on strike to secure mental health benefits, an increase in the number of full-time faculty, and improved wages. CAUT Defence Fund members landed in Charlottetown in the first week of the strike and joined the picket lines in solidarity with the UPEI faculty. UPEIFA members have also received the support of academic staff associations from across the country.