Acadia faculty sets Nov. 27 strike deadline
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, N.S., 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.”