Monday, February 3, 2020

CBC: Mount Alison University classes suspended as teaching faculty, librarians strike

Negotiations between Mount Alison University in Sackville, NB and the schools faculty and librarians union broke down Sunday night, resulting in an indefinite strike launched Monday morning.

According to the CBC, despite negotiations late last week and into the weekend and a lot of ground being made on some issues, talks couldn't advance enough on issues such as academic resources, workload, job security, and part-time faculty compensation.

While the university says it offered its last best offer in good faith Sunday night, Mount Alison Faculty Association leadership viewed the proposed deal as a "take-it-or-leave-it" approach and that the university is not willing to actually negotiate on the terms in contention.

This is the second time in six years the MAFA has gone on strike, in 2014 a three week strike only ended after both sides agreed to binding arbitration. This time, negotiators have called in a provincially appointed moderator.

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