UMFA defined academic integrity as the need to have academic bodies - in the case of the U of M, the university Senate - making academic decisions.
It was in this atmosphere that UMFA members took to the picket lines.
Every time UMFA offered an olive branch the administration snapped it in half.
Like most unionists, few UMFA members looked at the prospect of going on strike with anything but trepidation.
When Labour Minister Vic Toews tried to get UMFA to return to work as a precondition to mediation, she phoned UMFA president Grant Woods to counsel against accepting the offer.
As the strike progressed there were many UMFA members who found that their determination to stay out was increasing.
He walked on the UMFA picket line after his regular shift six days a week for three to five hours a day.
It also produced testimony to back up UMFA's claims that U of M degrees would be diminished if the protections granted academic freedom were diminished.
While it had not yet attained a contract, UMFA had won the strike.
There is much that is heartening about the UMFA strike.