Mount A edges closer to strike

Faculty vote to reject conciliation board recommendations


Mount Allison University professors are edging closer towards a strike, after voting to reject recommendations from a conciliation board. Under provincial rules, when the government appoints a board, a strike vote cannot be taken until a report has been filed. The conciliation board filed its report on Feb 1 and the union was in a legal strike position Feb 8. The board recommended that salaries increase 2.5 per cent a year for the duration of the contract, but union members elected to vote against the offer on the grounds that their salaries would fall behind other New Brunswick universities. Concerns were also raised about the lack of benefits for part-time faculty and the union objected that the conciliation process interrupts “free collective bargaining.”

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Mount A edges closer to strike

  1. Mount Allison University is planning to take $10 million from its operating funds to build a new Arts Centre and in the process knock down one of the most handsome heritage buildings on its beautiful campus, the Memorial Library, designed by celebrated Canadian architect Andrew Randall Cobb. The Memorial Library is a Cenotaph built to honor the 73 Mount Allison men and women who sacrificed their lives in the Great War. Would these monies not be put to better use to increase the salaries of Mount Allison professors?

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