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(November 16, 2000, Gazette)

Faculty strike ends

Memorial 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 university’s 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 to classes.

Dr. Axel Meisen, Memorial’s 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. I’d 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 Memorial’s future as an excellent university.”

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