Students at Capilano University are urging both sides in a labour dispute to hammer out a last minute deal- as final exams hang in the balance.
The Capilano University Faculty Association launched full-scale job action Wednesday morning.
Classes have been cancelled for three days and negotiations have stalled.
The University is asking the Association to suspend job action next week, so students can write their final exams.
President of the Student Union, Brittany Barnes, says the uncertain times are adding stress to any already stressful time of year for students.
“I understand that the faculty needs to use classes and final exams as a bit of leverage at the bargaining table, and I don’t fault them for that, what I would really like to see is a timely resolution that is fair for both sides.”
The faculty’s negotiator says the request to stop striking is not fair.
“There’s been disputes at other universities. They don’t cancel their strike.”
Ed Lavalle says faculty will continue with their strike action until a deal can be reached.
However, he’s says he’s going to try to stay optimistic, and hopes a deal can be reached by as early as Saturday.
“If we can resolve the issues, what it means is that we’ll have a whole day to basically do preparations for the reopening of the university on Monday”
Lavalle says there are quite a few issues the faculty are facing that need to be worked out.
-With files from Shelby Thom and Ria Renouf