Media Advisory - Acadia University Faculty Negotiations Resume

    WOLFVILLE, NS, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Talks between the Acadia University
Faculty Association (AUFA) and the Acadia University Board of Governors are
resuming this morning. AUFA President Peter Williams said he was cautiously
optimistic about negotiations resuming. "We are very pleased to be getting
back to negotiations, and are coming with a new proposal that we think can
break the negotiating impasse. We hope that the Board's team has understood
our members' clear rejection of the offer that was presented during
conciliation, and that they will come to the table prepared to seriously
negotiate the outstanding issues and come to an agreement so that a strike can
be avoided."
    The main issues in this dispute are faculty complement, compensation
structure, and equity. Part-time faculty members have been particularly
disadvantaged under previous contracts, despite the fact that some of them
have worked at Acadia for fifteen or more years and carry heavy teaching
loads. One of the goals of the AUFA contract proposals is to integrate
part-time faculty members into the compensation structure by pegging their
remuneration to that of full-time faculty, as well as securing them an
additional stipend in lieu of benefits.
    In a letter appended to the previous collective agreement, Acadia
President Gail Dinter-Gottlieb promised to change the university's budgetary
priorities to ensure that faculty compensation was regionally and nationally
competitive. Williams said, "From the beginning we have taken the President at
her word. But the Board's previous offer would have seen us move further away
from regional and national competitiveness. We hope that their coming back to
the table is a sign that they intend to work with us to fulfill that promise."

For further information:

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

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