Students, Université Sainte Anne Support Striking Acadia Faculty

    WOLFVILLE, NS, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Acadia professors, librarians, and
part-time faculty are back on the picket line in Wolfville today. Joining them
this morning were members of the Université Sainte-Anne Faculty Association,
who also presented AUFA with a cheque to bolster its defence fund.
    Further support for AUFA's efforts to negotiate a new contract is planned
for tomorrow. Acadia students have organized a Student Strike Walk which will
begin at 10:30am. Student organizers Emily West, Julie Stewart, and Tony
Gracey explain "we support the demands made by AUFA and expect to see them met
out of concern for the quality of education received by present and future
Acadia students."
    The Board has been unwilling thus far to engage in any re-thinking of its
budget allocations in order to follow through on the promise to "commit more
of our financial resources to faculty" as promised by the President in the
last contract. Part-time faculty members at Acadia have been particularly
disadvantaged in the past. Apart from low per-course stipends, they receive no
benefits and lose access to their laptops, email, and other computer services
between semesters. They also have no access to professional development and
research funds. Many part-time faculty members teach heavy course loads, but
thus far the Board has refused to recognize AUFA's attempts to achieve fair
compensation and working conditions for them.

For further information:

For further information: Andrew Biro, AUFA spokesperson, (902) 542-1796,
(902) 670-7566 (cell),,

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