Acadia University Faculty Association to Hold a Strike Vote

    WOLFVILLE, NS, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The membership of the Acadia
University Faculty Association (AUFA) met this week and decided to hold a
strike vote. Negotiating teams from AUFA and the Acadia University Board of
Governors had met with a provincially appointed conciliator for a final time
on Monday night. According to AUFA President Peter Williams, "The two sides
remain far apart on a number of key issues, including compensation structure,
faculty complement, and equity."
    In the last collective agreement, University President Gail
Dinter-Gottlieb pledged 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." But the board's most recent
offer would see faculty salaries fall even further behind regional averages,
and remain far below national averages. It would also allow for more than 9%
of faculty positions to be cut, and would not implement equity provisions that
are standard at many universities across Canada.
    Williams cautioned that even if the membership does vote to authorize a
strike, this does not necessarily mean that a strike will occur. "Our members
have sent a very clear message that the Board's current offer doesn't fulfill
the President's promise. There is still time for the Board to get this
message, and to reach an agreement that will keep Acadia strong." The exact
dates for the strike vote will be determined by the AUFA executive in the
coming days. The earliest a legal strike or lockout could occur is

For further information:

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

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