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Message from Laurie M. Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students) – Nov. 2

Resources and information for students about the UMFA strike

November 2, 2021 — 

Dear students: 

As you heard from President Michael Benarroch last night, joint efforts of the University of Manitoba and the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) to reach an agreement by November 1st on terms for a new collective bargaining agreement have been unsuccessful. As a result, UMFA has commenced strike action beginning today, Tuesday, November 2nd. 

We realize this causes disruption for you. We will take every reasonable measure to support you through this time, including maintaining instruction for courses not being taught by UMFA members, and providing access to core services and resources. 

We will share as much information with you as possible as it becomes available – via email, website and our social media accounts.

Answers to many of your questions, including those of you with specific circumstances, such as international or graduate students and students in your final year of study, can be found on this website.

 From the website, you can also access a list of continuing courses to see if your classes (in-person or remote delivery) are taking place. Remember that not all courses are taught by UMFA faculty members and not all UMFA members will necessarily strike. As a result, this page will change often as details are updated so please check back regularly. 

If a course is taught by an UMFA member who is on strike, your access to that course on UM Learn, and the associated learning materials, will be suspended.

UM respects our faculty. They are important members of the campus community and core to the student experience and our academic mission. I understand this strike action is concerning and we want to remind you that supports are available. Please use these resources if you need to – your safety and well-being are our top priorities.  

The university is committed to reaching an agreement promptly to ensure your studies continue with as little disruption as possible. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

All my best,

Laurie Schnarr 

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