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NWCC receives notice of legal action

On Thursday, Northwest Community College received notice from the Academic Workers Union at the college that it has applied for a legal action against the college claiming it violated Section 23 of the College and Institute Act. The action comes as a surprise to the Northwest Community College (NWCC), since consultations with both stakeholders and the board were conducted during the deficit mitigation process . We are not sure where this is coming from, said NWCC President Denise Henning, but we have asked our legal counsel to review the application and provide advice. I know that we consulted both the Educational Council and all stakeholders throughout this difficult process, but apparently the Academic Workers feel we have not adhered to the act. The college has 10 days to respond to the application, but President Henning wants students, staff and faculty to know that it is business as usual when classes commence in September. We want to assure students coming to campus in a couple of weeks that they should feel secure that instructors and staff are on the job and there to help their learning experience, Henning said. These are internal matters that will be resolved in due course. For now, we want to make sure that all students, staff and faculty know that this application wont affect the important work of providing a high quality education to the community of Northwest British Columbia.

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