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."