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Labour Relations Joint Statement

Posted by Dalhousie President Deep Saini and DFA President David Westwood on October 28, 2020 in Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA)


To:              Dalhousie students, faculty and staff

From:          Deep Saini, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie University
                    David Westwood, President, Dalhousie Faculty Association

Date:           Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Re:              Labour Relations Joint Statement

The Dalhousie Board of Governors (The Board) and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) have been in discussion and recognize that a work stoppage would not be in the best interests of our community. There will be no strike or lock-out at this time.

The Board and the Dalhousie Faculty Association have agreed to request the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education to appoint a conciliation board to assist us in reaching renewal of our collective agreement. A conciliation board will include nominees from both the Board and DFA. The timing for the conciliation board process is to be determined, recognizing both parties will fully engage and respect the conciliation board process.

Together, we have agreed that we will not be making additional public statements in regards to negotiations, but will certainly ensure relevant updates for our community are shared as soon as they are available.

We appreciate our community’s patience and we look forward to reaching a resolution.


Deep Saini
President and Vice-Chancellor
Dalhousie University

David Westwood
Dalhousie Faculty Association