Union drops lawsuit against Vancouver Island University

A lawsuit by employees against Vancouver Island University has been dropped.

According a release issued by VIU Monday, the Vancouver Island University Faculty Association has withdrawn allegations of defamation and acts of bad faith made against the university, its board of governors and specific senior staff during a contract dispute this spring.

The release states the VIUFA served the notice of he claim a public meeting on March 24, at the outset of the eight-week VIUFA strike, alleging university staff and the board of governors published defamatory information and acted in bad faith.

“We…wish to acknowledge that there were no grounds to bring proceedings against members of the board of governors who were named as defendants in this action,” the release states VIUFA President Dan McDonald wrote in a letter to the VIU board dated July 5.

VIU Board Chair Mike Brown welcomed the statement.

“At all times during the strike, the university and its employees acted professionally and appropriately,” he said. “Differences of opinion and position are a normal part of collective bargaining; however, inappropriate behaviour by either or any party is unacceptable. We accept this further confirmation of our professionalism, and look forward to putting this incident behind us.”

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