Media Advisory - AUFA receives overwhelming support from universities across Canada



    WOLFVILLE, NS, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Flying pickets from across the
Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario will converge in Wolfville on Friday morning to
support the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) at a march and rally
beginning at 11am. Flying picket organizer Dr. Denise Nevo of Mount
St. Vincent University said that Friday's rally might be the largest ever
solidarity visit: "The response has been overwhelming! I keep receiving
messages from members who want to participate in the visit Friday." Letters of
support for Acadia University's Faculty Association have also been flowing in
from across the country. AUFA President Dr. Peter Williams said, "We greatly
appreciate the support that our colleagues from across Canada are showing us
during this job action."
    In 2004, shortly after arriving at Acadia, President Dr. Gail
Dinter-Gottlieb promised AUFA members to "commit more of our financial
resources to faculty." The Board proposals to date have not included any
increase to the proportion of Acadia's budget spent on faculty. According to
the Board of Governors' recently released 2007 financial statement, the
proportion of Acadia's budget spent on the academic sector has declined since
2004, while the proportion of Acadia's budget spent on administration has
increased by more than 20%.
    Data obtained by the Canadian Association of University Business Officers
(CAUBO) from audited financial statements of university budgets shows that, on
average, 58% of the total budget at Canadian universities is allocated to
academic instruction, which includes faculty salary and benefits. Acadia
University allocates only 50% of its $76 million budget to academic
instruction. Since 2004, the proportion of Acadia's budget devoted to faculty
salaries has declined. "If the Board set its budget allocations according to
national averages, this dispute could very easily be resolved," stated
Dr. Williams.




For further information:

For further information: Andrew Biro, AUFA spokesperson, (902)542-1796,
(902)692-9801 (cell), andrew.biro@gmail.com, http://www.caut.ca/aufa/

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