Faculty Association votes to extend current collective agreement

Faculty and Librarians represented by the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) have voted to accept a proposal to extend the current collective agreement with Mount Allison University.

Currently, Mount Allison faculty and professional librarians are working under the last year of a four-year collective agreement. Negotiations for a new agreement were to have started this summer.

“The employer asked us to extend the current agreement for a year, with only minor monetary adjustments, in order to give the new President, Dr. Robert Campbell, a chance to get a feel for the institution. By this vote a majority of the membership agreed to this,” says Dr. Hans vanderLeest, MAFA President.

MAFA represents both full- and part-time faculty and professional librarians at the university.

Dr. vanderLeest says, however, that this move will leave many issues on the table when collective bargaining does begin.

“MAFA members are concerned that the salary scale is not competitive with other small, undergraduate institutions in the region and the country, and there are many other clauses in the agreement that we would like improved,” he says.

“The institution is finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain full- and part-time faculty, and this is related to salary levels and working conditions,” vanderLeest says.

For further information contact:

Dr. Hans vanderLeest, President (506) 364-2557 or (506) 364-2289