Acadia University Faculty Association sets November 27th as strike deadline
The Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) says November 27th is the deadline for a strike.
The AUFA, which is the bargaining agent for 331 full-time and part-time professors, librarians, archivists, and instructors, made the announcement Tuesday.
AUFA President Stephen Ahern says in a news release members do not take the step towards job action lightly.
The association and the Acadia Board of Governors began negotiations for a new collective agreement in March, but talks reached an impasse in June.
In September, the AUFA filed for the assistance of a provincial conciliator.
After conciliation stalled on the first day, AUFA members voted 81% in favour of strike action.
Another round of concilliation was held last week.
The AUFA says the Acadia board failed to address several outstanding issues, including restoring full-time faculty positions, addressing pay equity, achieving salaries in line with regional averages, and committing to fundraising for a campus childcare centre.
The news release says the board has rejected these faculty proposals while asking for "significant concessions," including clawing back the compensation of part-time faculty.
AUFA says its negotiating team, however, "remains willing to engage in productive bargaining."