News release

External Mediator Appointed in Université Sainte-Anne Strike

Labour, Skills and Immigration Minister Jill Balser has appointed mediator Michelle Flaherty to help Université Sainte-Anne and Association des professeurs, professeures et bibliothécaires de l’Université Sainte-Anne reach a settlement in their labour dispute.

The association went on strike March 1. Attempts at conciliation were unsuccessful.

“The strike has been going on for six weeks and I know it’s stressful for students, faculty and staff,” said Minister Balser. “I feel it’s time to appoint a mediator to help resolve the parties’ differences. We are appointing Michelle Flaherty – an experienced bilingual mediator – to assist the parties.”

Mediation will begin on Monday, April 18. The Department strongly encourages the parties to continue discussions in advance of mediation with Ms. Flaherty.

Mediation is a non-binding tool used to help parties reach a settlement.

Quick Facts:

  • Michelle Flaherty, of Ottawa, is a former associate professor of law at the University of Ottawa and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator specializing in labour, employment, and human rights matters

Additional Resources:

Information on the Department’s conciliation and mediation services is available at: