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Laurentian faculty association rejects contract proposal, strike launched

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) today advised Laurentian University that it has gone on strike as of 12:01 a.m. on September 28.

All classes taught by full-time and part-time Laurentian faculty members in Sudbury including McEwen School of Architecture and in Barrie are suspended until further notice. Classes delivered through the University of Sudbury, Huntington University, Thorneloe University in Sudbury will also be suspended.  

Distance courses offered by the University of Sudbury as well as those offered in the James Bay communities will continue to be offered.  Courses taught by college faculty in nursing collaborative programs (Cambrian College, Northern College, Sault College, St. Lawrence College, Collège Boréal), those taught in Laurentian's Bachelor of Business Administration program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston and at the Université de Hearst will proceed as scheduled.  Classes at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) will also continue as usual.

Students, staff and people who use campus can access more information about the University’s contingency plan at laurentian.ca/labourupdate. We will use the twitter handle @laurentianU as well as other social media properties to provide the latest details.

The University will continue to offer non-academic and academic support programming throughout the labour disruption.  Student services will also be available during the labour disruption.

Laurentian University has been bargaining with (LUFA) since May 2017 in an effort to negotiate a new collective agreement.

“No one wanted a labour disruption,” said Laurentian Chief of Staff, Alex Freedman “We value our faculty, and we will continue to work in good faith to reach a mutually agreeable settlement as soon as possible.”

Laurentian is proud to offer competitive compensation to continue to attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff. Laurentian remains committed to reaching a settlement as soon as possible and hopes to engage LUFA’s bargaining committee in further negotiations.

Anyone coming to campus can expect delays at the picket line.  Please remember to be respectful of those on strike and to avoid confrontations.

Questions or concerns can be addressed to laurentian.ca/labourupdate or 705-675-4890.

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