Bargaining between the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) and Acadia’s Board of Governors began in March 2017. By the end of June, the Board stopped bargaining. They refused to respond to AUFA’s most important proposals, forcing the association to file for conciliation.
The Board’s continued refusal to offer meaningful counter proposals on faculty demands for full-time position complement, provision of childcare, improved pay equity, parity for instructors, and regional averages on salaries led to an impasse on the first day of conciliation. AUFA members subsequently voted 81% in favour of strike action.
Subsequent meetings with the provincial conciliator have produced no counter proposals from the Board, forcing the Faculty Association to declare a strike deadline of November 27th.
There is still time for the Board to avert a strike and commit to a fair and equitable agreement, but the Board’s team will have to negotiate if that is to happen. The Faculty Association is committed to getting a fair agreement that benefits Acadia and its students. But we cannot negotiate with ourselves.
You can help AUFA by taking action: by here you will generate an editable email to the Acadia’s President, its Vice-President Academic, and the Chair of Acadia’s Board of Governors, telling them to get back to the table and negotiate a fair and equitable agreement. Thank you for your support!