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All classes, labs suspended until further notice

Classes at Mount Allison are suspended until further notice after last-minute negotiations failed to secure a new collective agreement between the university and its faculty association.

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Members of the Mount Allison Faculty Association  have gone on strike.

All Mount Allison credit classes, including labs, tutorials, seminars, and correspondence courses, will be suspended until further notice.

The university encourages all students to carry on with their assignments, readings, and other academic work as far as is possible.

 All other student services, administrative buildings, and public facilities remain open and available to students including the university library, writing resource centre, the Meighen Centre, accessibility services, and academic mentors.

“We are disappointed in this development and the impact it will have on our students,” says Mount Allison University provost and vice-president academic and research Dr. Karen Grant. “The university remains committed to achieving a collective agreement that maintains and supports the high quality academic experience Mount Allison is known for and that is sustainable.”

The university presented three new proposals to the faculty negotiating teams over the weekend. The faculty association rejected all three offers.

“The faculty association has said that its core issues are academic control and freedom,” Grant said. “The university has not put forward a single proposal that restricts, inhibits, or compromises academic freedom or the control of individuals' teaching or research in any way. We have repeatedly asked the faculty association to tell us which proposals they take issue with. They have not responded.”

Faculty association president Loralea Michaelis said the university’s proposals were simply unacceptable.

“We bargained late into the night attempting to resolve this deal. However, the administration has yet to move on proposals that are simply unacceptable to our membership,” said Michaelis.

In the strike vote held on Jan. 13 and 14 the full-time and part-time faculty and librarians voted 86 per cemt in favour of a strike. 

The key unresolved issues are administrative control over teaching and research, workload, equitable pay, and pensions.

“What is at stake in this negotiation is the future of the academic mission at Mount Allison,” says Michaelis.  “The quality of our students’ education depends on our working conditions.

“We hope to continue bargaining so that our members can be back in the classroom as soon as possible.”

MAFA represents 154 full-time and 56 part-time faculty and librarians, and has been in negotiations since early June 2013.

 

Organizations: Mount Allison Faculty Association, Meighen Centre, Mount Allison University

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