Students at Capilano University will be allowed to take their final exams.
Striking faculty members have agreed to take down their picket lines.
The University’s Richard Gale says teachers will “return to work at 12:05am tomorrow” that’s because contract talks are resuming.
“The collective agreement willl still be negotiated. We’ve agreed to find a highly-regarded mediator with significant post-secondary experience who will meet with the parties and resolve outstanding items.”
Faculty have already agreed to a wage increase of 5.5 per cent over five years, but other key issues include job security and ‘academic freedom’ are still outstanding.
Gale says he’s relieved a mediator is being brought in to oversee non-binding negotiations.
“People have been laughing a bit at my optimism, but I have always believed that two sides that had students foremost in their interests were going to be able to come to some kind of agreement and I’m still confident that’ll happen down the road.”
Gale says exams are slated to resume Thursday.
“We’ve come to an agreement about bringing the faculty back, so they could administer exams for the students for this term and so, that all the students could, in fact, finish their term.”
Classes have been cancelled since Wednesday.