On January 14th and 15th, Mount Allison University professors and librarians voted 85% in favour of job action, which could come as early as next week according to MAFA spokesperson Roger Wehrell.
“The Executive and bargaining team is pleased to have this level of support. It is considerably higher than the 70% vote of support we had before the 1992 strike,” Wehrell says.
This past Tuesday evening, January 12th, MAFA members had already voted 86-5 to reject the administration’s latest offer.
Mount Allison students have been signing a petition calling on both sides to accept binding arbitration to settle the dispute. The MAFA executive is willing to consider arbitration as a way of resolving the dispute.
In other developments, the two faculty representatives on the university Board of Regents, Dr. Brian Campbell and Dr. William Godfrey, have both resigned from the Board effective January 13th. In his letter of resignation, which was circulated to the Board members and widely on campus, Dr. Campbell says that he is resigning in order “to vote in favour of strike action and join my colleagues in pressing for a contract which recognizes the contribution made by faculty.” Faculty members who sit on the Board of Regents cannot be members of the union and are not allowed to go strike.
For further information please call:
Roger Wehrell, VP & Spokesperson, Mount Allison Faculty Association
(O) (506) 364-2968
web site: http://personal.nbnet.nb.ca/MAFA