Striking support staff are expected to take down their picket lines and return to the bargaining table at the University of Victoria today.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees has agreed to three days of talks with the university in hopes of ending their lengthy contract dispute.
The support staff, who have been without a contract since March 2010, want a wage increase, improved job security and inflation protection.
CUPE locals 917 and 951 have been staging a series of rotating strikes, which included shutting down the university's bookstore Monday.
CUPE set up pickets at 6: 45 a.m. and the bookstore remained closed until noon. Non-union managers opened it for an hour, before closing for the rest of the day. The Finnerty Express coffee shop remained closed for the entire day.
The university said all offices in the Campus Services Building were open, including career services, the interfaith chaplaincy and the resource centre for students with a disability.
Support staff also set up pickets at housekeeping services at 7: 45 a.m., resulting in reduced cleaning of the residences.
Normal food services were available, the university said.
The two CUPE locals represent about 1,300 tradespeople, groundskeepers, food-service workers, housekeepers and clerical, technical and child-care staff.
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