VIU union drops legal action

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

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

The Vancouver Island University Faculty Association has withdrawn allegations of defamation and acts of bad faith made against the university, its board of governors and specific senior staff during a contract dispute this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

The union served the notice of the claim March 24, at the outset of an eight-week strike, alleging university staff and the board of governors published defamatory information and acted in bad faith.

Faculty association president Dan McDonald wrote in a letter to the VIU board that there were no grounds to bring proceedings against the board of governors.

VIU board chairman Mike Brown welcomed the statement.

“At all times during the strike, the university and its employees acted professionally and appropriately,” Brown said in the press release.

“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.”