Strike ends at Mount Allison University

Media Release                                                For Immediate Release

February 8, 2020

Strike ends at Mount Allison University

Sackville –The six-day strike of full- and part-time faculty and librarians at Mount Allison University has ended with a negotiated settlement.

The Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) negotiating team met with the administration team throughout the day and night yesterday and late into the early hours of this morning.  “We are pleased to report that we have reached tentative agreements for full-time and part-time faculty and librarians,” says Matt Litvak, MAFA President.  “The strike is now over.”

Faculty and librarians will be returning to the campus and to their offices, labs and studios today. Classes will resume on Monday.

The strike began on Monday, February 3rd, 2020.

Details of the tentative agreements will be shared with the membership early this week. A ratification vote will follow. Until then, no details of the tentative agreements will be released to the public.

Issues in dispute during the strike included accommodation for faculty and librarians with disabilities, job security and compensation for part-time faculty and librarians, workload, and resources for the academic mission.

“This was a challenging round of negotiations, but our striking members stayed strong and united in their determination to achieve a settlement at the bargaining table,” said Litvak.

“MAFA would like to extend our deepest thanks to our students, CUPE locals, the NB Federation of Labour, the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations and faculty associations from across the country, including the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Defence Fund, for their moral and financial support.  We would like to give a special thanks to the flying and driving pickets who braved the inclement weather to join our rally yesterday.”

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For more information contact:

Dr. Matthew Litvak, President:          (506) 364-2289 (office)

Mafa@mta.ca