Arbitration decision issued

Sackville, NB – Arbitrator Kevin Burkett has just issued his decision to settle the two collective agreements between the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) and Mount Allison University.

The decision provides for an increase in full-time faculty and librarian salaries of 1.75%, 2.0%, and 2.25% effective July 1, 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. The stipend for part-time faculty will increase from 8.75% to 9% of the Assistant Professor floor per course. Both agreements will run for three years.

The purpose of the arbitration was to settle all of the issues left unresolved following the three-week faculty strike in the winter of 2014. In the end many of the non-monetary proposals were withdrawn by both sides in August 2014 in preparation for the arbitration process.

β€œThe challenges of this round of bargaining have strengthened the resolve of our members to defend the conditions of work which are essential to the academic mission of the university. We are looking ahead to the next steps in the arbitration process,” said MAFA President Loralea Michaelis.

The arbitration decision did not completely resolve all the issues. Arbitrator Burkett referred the dispute between the parties over the purpose of Anonymous Student Questionnaires to a joint MAFA-Employer Committee. The arbitrator will make a final ruling on the matter in June 2015.

The Mount Allison Faculty Association represents 148 full-time and 47 part-time faculty and librarians.

For more information, contact Loralea Michaelis at 506-364-2289.