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Faculty, university deal ratified

A deal between the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and its teachers has been ratified.

The tentative deal, which was approved days before a potential teachers’ strike, was satisfactory for both sides.

“This agreement signals a productive new phase in (UOIT’s Faculty Association’s) rapidly evolving relationship with the UOIT administration and imbues our members with a collective sense of purpose and pride in our accomplishments at the table,” Gary Genosko, the association’s president, states in a news release.

According to the same news release, the new deal “includes provision for across the board salary increases in each year of the agreement, modest gains in benefits, significant improvements in progress through the ranks processes, and improved provision for leaves.”

“Our university is a scholarly community whose academic mission is focused on building strength and capacity through research, innovation and partnerships,” states Robert Bailey, the school’s associate provost, in a separate news release.

“We are pleased that we were able to come to this agreement with our colleagues in the UOIT Faculty Association.”