Aca­dia set for strike

Fac­ulty could be on the street in two weeks

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS PROVINCE -

Hun­dreds of pro­fes­sors and other staff at Aca­dia Univer­sity could hit the picket line in two weeks.

The Aca­dia Univer­sity Fac­ulty As­so­ci­a­tion says it has set a Nov. 27 strike dead­line af­ter months of try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate a new col­lec­tive agree­ment with the Wolfville school.

Ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gan in late March and the as­so­ci­a­tion says they reached an im­passe in June.

“We’ve re­ally got­ten no mean­ing­ful counter-pro­pos­als or re­sponse to our pro­pos­als from the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s team,’’ said fac­ulty as­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Rachel Brick­ner. “It’s hard to ne­go­ti­ate with our­selves.’’

Brick­ner, who is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of pol­i­tics, said it’s hoped a fur­ther meet­ing with the provin­cial con­cil­ia­tor will help re­solve some of the is­sues.

Con­cil­i­a­tion talks in Septem­ber stalled on the first day and as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers sub­se­quently voted 81 per cent in favour of strike ac­tion. A fur­ther round of con­cil­i­a­tion talks last week also failed to bring the two sides to­gether.

Jeff Banks, spokesman for Aca­dia’s board of gov­er­nors, said there is still work to do around key is­sues that have fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions.

“It’s im­per­a­tive that we’re able to reach an agree­ment that doesn’t risk the fu­ture fis­cal health of the in­sti­tu­tion. We need to be able to project bal­anced bud­gets go­ing for­ward and fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity is just the key is­sue for us.’’

The fac­ulty as­so­ci­a­tion said its ma­jor is­sues in­clude restor­ing full-time fac­ulty po­si­tions, ad­dress­ing pay eq­uity, and bring­ing salaries in line with re­gional av­er­ages.

Brick­ner said there should be 182 ten­ure-stream fac­ulty mem­bers at Aca­dia, but there are cur­rently 150.

Banks said the univer­sity in­creased the num­ber of ten­ure track po­si­tions in the last col­lec­tive agree­ment and it is look­ing at an­other in­crease for next year al­though he didn’t say how many po­si­tions would be cre­ated.

He said more talks with the con­cil­ia­tor have been sched­uled for Thurs­day.

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