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The University of Ottawa and the union representing its support staff (PSUO-SSUO) have reached a tentative agreement. The details of the new agreement are unknown but the PSUO-SSUO’s 1,300 members will be heading back to work on Friday morning.

“The Senate, one of the most powerful governing bodies in our institution, should have cancelled classes this Friday. They should be tasking themselves with assembling a campaign aimed at promoting further education, organization, and collaboration to address this problem,” writes U of O student Lorin Clive D’Arcy Van Dusen.

The university’s Board of Governors and APTPUO members will attempt to ratify the tentative deal on Nov. 24. If the deal is ratified it will be in place until August 2018, at which point a new deal will need to be negotiated.

Students are directly affected by conditions facing part-time professors—and here’s why When news broke that the Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO) voted for a strike mandate, and would be in a legal position to strike if no agreement was reached by Oct. 30, much of the same messages were littered …

In a press release sent out early on Monday, Oct. 30, the University of Ottawa announced that it had reached a tentative deal the Association of Part-Time Professors (APTPUO), meaning the strike will not take place today. However, the negotiations will not be finalized until the agreement has been ratified by the U of O’s Board …

When professors go on strike, they are required to cease all communication with students. As part-time professors currently make up 50 per cent of all teaching staff at the U of O, this could mean that a large portion of the university’s student body would be out of classes indefinitely, which would put midterm exams and other assessments on hold.

According to the APTPUO’s website, the association’s collective agreement with the U of O expired on Aug. 31, 2016. Since then, the association’s bargaining team has held over 14 meetings with the university, however both parties have been unable to come to an agreement.

The strikes at the University of Toronto and York University have brought widespread attention to an issue that has been bubbling just beneath the surface of Canada’s post-secondary institutions for quite some time. On Monday, Mar. 9, York teaching assistants voted not to accept the university’s proposed deal, having been on strike since Mar. 3. …

Even though the B.C. teachers’ union and the provincial government have signed a tentative deal, I doubt it’ll result in peace between these two parties for very long.