Mount Allison faculty still on strike

Faculty association says university falsely declared end of labour action

Mount Allison University’s faculty association (MAFA) said the school’s administration was wrong to tell students the strike was over.

The Sackville, New Brunswick, university issued a news release late on Feb. 13 telling students they would return to class the following Monday, declaring an end to the faculty association’s three-week strike.

“The regular class schedule will apply,” the release read. “We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty and librarians back to campus on Monday.”

The news release claimed MAFA had accepted its proposal for binding arbitration, something the association — representing 154 full-time and 56 part-time faculty and librarians — denied.

“This is completely untrue. We have not yet concluded any agreement with the administration on our proposal for binding arbitration, the terms of which are very different from the proposal which the administration made last week. The administration cannot declare an end to the strike until these and other related matters have been resolved,” the association said in a statement on its website.

“In the meantime, MAFA remains on strike.”

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