Acadia University Faculty Association votes in favour of strike; sets strike date for October 15th



    WOLFVILLE, NS, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The results of the Acadia University
Faculty Association strike vote were tabulated this evening. 89.1% of eligible
voters cast ballots. Of those votes cast, 83.9% were in favour of job action
up to and including a strike. The Association has set a strike deadline of
Monday, October 15th, but hopes that a settlement can be reached before the
deadline. AUFA President Peter Williams commented, "This vote confirms the
message that we have been hearing from members since negotiations broke down
in June: that the university administration needs to come back to the table
with a new offer that deals with the major outstanding issues of faculty
complement, compensation structure, equity and benefits. We are ready to
resume negotiations at any time."
    Negotiations between AUFA and the university administration reached an
impasse in June. In September a provincially appointed conciliator also
determined that there was no basis for further negotiations. The
administration's current offer would reduce faculty complement by 9-17%, keep
Acadia's salary grids significantly below regional and national averages, and
fail to provide benefits and equity provisions that are the norm across the
country.
    AUFA's previous collective agreement included a signed pledge from the
University's President, Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, to "commit more of our financial
resources to faculty" so that "as soon as possible Acadia and its faculty
should arrive at the point where our compensation structure is seen by all as
being regionally and nationally competitive." Williams said that "The message
from our members is clear: we expect the administration to come back to the
table and negotiate a contract that moves us closer to, not farther from,
fulfilling that promise. We hope that the administration can do this in a
timely fashion to minimize the disruption to students and other members of the
university community."




For further information:

For further information: Andrew Biro, AUFA spokesperson, (902) 585-1925,
(902) 670- 7566 (cell)

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