The possibility of a strike at NOSM University is a step closer to reality in view of the fact that the unionized workers are now requesting a no-board report from the Ministry of Training, Labour and Skills Development.
The NOSM U Faculty and Staff Association (NUFSA), OPSEU Local 677, representing medical education faculty, librarians, and professional staff, has been in provincially mediated conciliation with the NOSM University administration since Sept. 22, but is dissatisfied with the current situation.
"Despite months of negotiations, the NOSM University administration continues to stonewall proposals crucial for education quality, equity, and job security," said a news release from NUFSA.
"The administration refuses to meaningfully address concerns about working and learning conditions at the university. This, despite university employees, students, and the broader community demanding action from NOSM U President Sarita Verma and her bargaining team," the union news release continued.
Based on the timing, a legal strike or lock-out may begin on the 17th day after the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development releases the no-board notice to the employer and the union, said the Ontario labour ministry website.
The union is already on record as voting 100 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.
"With more than 2,500 letters advocating for investments in education quality, equity, and job security being sent to the university administration, we know the community understands the importance of medical education in Northern Ontario and supports our efforts to defend the integrity of education at NOSM U,” said Darrel Manitowabi, president of NUFSA, in the news release.
The release also included a call for citizens and supporters to speak out against a labour dispute.
"Help us avoid a strike at NOSM U. Make your voice heard by sending an email to the university administration urging them to invest in high quality medical education, equity, and job security.” The union said interested members of the public can find more info at NOSMFSA.ca."