The University of Toronto and the union representing post-doctoral fellows plan to continue talks with the help of a provincially appointed mediator as they work to reach an agreement.
“We are hopeful we can reach a resolution that is acceptable to both union members and the University,” said Kelly Hannah-Moffat, U of T’s vice-president of human resources and equity.
“Our goal is always to have productive rounds of bargaining and to work with all our unions to reach collective agreements without a labour disruption. “
The post-doctoral fellows are members of CUPE 3902, Unit 5, which has been in collective bargaining with the university since November for their second contract.
Following conciliation talks last month, the union requested what is known as a “no board report” from the Ministry of Labour. The report will put both parties in a legal strike or lockout position 17 days after it is issued, or about May 20th.
Talks between the two parties are expected in the coming weeks.