Acadia University Faculty Association Sets Dates for a Strike Vote

    WOLFVILLE, NS, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Responding to the wishes of the
membership, the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) has set October
1-4 as the dates during which a strike vote will be held. On September 18th,
after a week of meetings with the AUFA and Acadia University Board of
Governors' negotiating teams, a provincially appointed conciliator determined
that there is currently no basis for an agreement. The conciliator is expected
to submit his report to the Minister of the Environment and Labour shortly.
    Fourteen days after the conciliator files his report, AUFA will be in a
legal strike or lockout position. AUFA President Peter Williams cautioned that
even if the membership does vote to authorize a strike, this does not
necessarily mean that a strike will occur. "By calling for a strike vote, our
members have indicated that they want the opportunity to send a message about
the Board's current offer." The Board's current offer would see up to 9% of
faculty positions cut, keep faculty salaries significantly below regional and
national averages, discount and devalue AUFA members' years of experience, and
fail to implement equity provisions that are standard across the country.

For further information:

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

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