In its second day of legal strike action the Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association organized two rallies Friday at noon in Kamloops and Williams Lake.
TRU students and community supporters—including members of Kamloops and region labour unions—would be gathering to show support for TRUFA bargaining objectives, as the union and the employer enter mediation on Friday afternoon, said TRUFA president Tom Friedman.
Friedman said both sides would be in the mediation meetings until Sunday evening.
“It will be an intense three days,” Friedman said. “We don’t expect any announcements coming out of the meetings until after Sunday night.”
TRUFA began its legal strike Thursday, but so far classes continue to be on schedule at both campuses.
On Friday morning faculty members at the Williams Lake campus set up an information table in the hallway to hand out information pamphlets to students.
Faculty members were wearing name tags with “TBA” across the top, representing the fact, they said, that too many sessional instructors are being hired rather than being hired as full-time faculty.
Members also handed out balls with eyeballs on them, symbolizing that TRUFA is keeping an eye out on students’ rights.