16, 2000, Gazette)
University and MUNFA reached a tentative agreement on
Nov. 12, ending the strike of faculty and librarians which had
begun on Oct. 31. The tentative agreement must now be ratified
by the universitys Board of Regents and the MUNFA membership.
Details of the agreement will not be released until it has been
formally ratified. Classes resumed on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Guidelines
were developed in consultation with students to govern the return
Dr. Axel Meisen, Memorials president, said he was very
pleased the tentative agreement has been reached. The parties
have fashioned an agreement that positions Memorial very well
for the future. It will enable us to keep the excellent faculty
we have and to attract new faculty. For our students and their
families, for our faculty and staff and for the entire university
community, I know these last two weeks have been very difficult.
Our students have shown extraordinary patience through a time
of great uncertainty, and I would like to thank them for that.
Our staff have worked hard to ensure that students concerns
and questions were answered and students needs were met.
Id like to thank them for their dedication. It is now time
to put this behind us and get on with the task of learning and
teaching, and ensuring Memorials future as an excellent