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MUN faculty likely to strike at midnight, as negotiations reach impasse

Talks between Memorial University and the faculty union representing 800 members, reached an impasse today. 

With a strike deadline just hours away, the universities faculty union says unless something happens in the next couple of hours – the picket line is the next stop. NTV’s Marykate O’Neill reports.

Employer rejects partial return to work as House debates essential worker legislation for private ambulances

It was a day of twists and turns Monday as the House of Assembly reconvened for an emergency debate on the three-day private ambulance strike. First, the NDP delayed the debate. Then, the striking ambulance workers offered a partial return to work, but their employer refused. NTV’s Ben Cleary reports.

Striking ambulance workers shift picket line to steps of Confederation Building

Striking ambulance workers moved their picket line to Confederation Building ahead of today’s emergency debate in the House of Assembly. NTV’s Marykate O’Neill was there.

MUN Faculty Association and university back at negotiating table

With a strike date set for next Monday, Memorial University’s Faculty Association returned to the negotiating table with the administration bargaining team today.

NTV’s David Salter has more in this report.

MHAs returning to House early to debate making private ambulances essential

The provincial government has asked for an emergency debate in the House of Assembly to make private ambulance workers essential. MHAs will return to their seats Monday morning.

The news came just a day after more than 100 first responders took to the picket line. NTV’s Ben Cleary reports.

House of Assembly to hold emergency debate Monday on private ambulance strike

Premier Andrew Furey has asked for the House of Assembly to reconvene Monday to hold an emergency debate on the private ambulance strike affecting rural Newfoundland communities.

The House will debate the Essential Ambulance Services Act. If passed, the act will make private ambulance services essential. Striking members of Teamsters Local 855 would have to return to work until an essential services agreement is in place, at which point the labour action could resume.

More than 100 private ambulance workers in rural Newfoundland communities escalated their strike by walking off the job Friday. Teamsters Local 855 leader Hubert Dawe says it came after a hostile act by an employer against a union member. The companies owned by Bob Fewer cover areas from Fogo Island on the northeast coast to Trepassey on the southern shore of the Avalon to Stephenville on the west coast.

The Speaker’s Office says the House will reconvene at 10 a.m. Monday.

The legislation has not been made public yet, but the provincial government provided background information in a news release:

The Essential Ambulance Services Act

The Essential Ambulance Services Act will allow the employer and employees to determine the terms of the essential ambulance services agreement, and will allow them to engage with the Labour Relations Board when necessary ⁠— including authorizing the Board to refer a matter to binding arbitration to protect the employees’ meaningful right to a strike and the employers’ meaningful right to a lockout. When passed, the Act will require the union members to return to work until an essential services agreement is established, at which point labour action may resume. 

To date, only ambulance services provided publicly, through the Regional Health Authorities, fall under such legislation. Paramedics employed by private ambulance service operators fall under the Labour Relations Act and have thus far not been deemed essential. 

More than 100 rural ambulance workers walk off the job

More than 100 workers with seven private ambulance services in rural Newfoundland walked off the job at noon Friday.

Teamsters Local 855 leader Hubert Dawe says it came after a hostile act by an employer against a union member. The companies cover areas from Fogo Island on the northeast coast to Trepassey on the southern shore of the Avalon to Stephenville on the west coast.

NTV’s Ben Cleary reports.

MUN faculty, university to resume talks next week after strike vote

An overwhelming majority of MUN faculty have voted in favour of strike action.

The two sides now have until January 30th to reach a deal, with talks set to resume next week. NTV’s Bailey Howard reports.

MUN students react to looming faculty strike

Still with that story, how do students feel about the faculty association voting in favour if strike action? NTV’s Beth Penney was at MUN’s St. John’s campus today, and has this report. 

MUN Students’ Union stands with faculty during strike vote

Faculty members at Memorial University are casting their vote today on whether or not to take job action if a deal cannot be reached with the university.

Meanwhile, the university has released more information on how the semester could be impacted. NTV’s Bailey Howard reports.

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