posted on June 7: Mediation, arbitration phases completed


It's all over but the waiting. Negotiators for the University and the McMaster University Staff Association (MUSA) have completed three days of scheduled talks with mediator/arbitrator George Adams and are now awaiting his decision on a final award.

“The arbitration process is completed and (Mr.) George Adams has reserved judgment and that's about all we know,” says MUSA president Barry Diacon.

“We have completed the mediation and arbitration phases and Mr. Adams is now aware of all the issues and thoughts of the parties. He will be working on an award which we expect will be issued no later than July 31,” says Mark Haley, assistant vice-president human resources.

The parties began meeting at 10 a.m. Monday (June 4) and concluded at 3 a.m. this morning (Thursday, June 7), breaking for only a total of nine hours.