Mount Allison faculty ratify new collective agreements

Media Release                                                                        For Immediate Release

February 14, 2020

Mount Allison faculty ratify new collective agreements

Mount Allison faculty and librarians have voted 91% in favour of new part-time and full-time collective agreements in a February 10–12 ballot.

The new collective agreements run for three years retroactive to July 1, 2019.  The ratification vote followed a negotiated tentative settlement reached after a six-day strike of full- and part-time faculty and librarians at the university. Members of the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) have been working without new collective agreements for seven months.

Notable changes in the new agreements include improvements in the language on accommodation of members with disabilities and greater job security for long-serving part-time faculty members.

Dr. Matt Litvak, MAFA President, noted that while progress was made there is still room for further improvement in these areas as well as in the areas of resources for the academic mission and workload. These were also in dispute during this round of bargaining.

“This is the second faculty and librarian strike in the past 6 years,” Litvak said. “The resistance that MAFA encountered during negotiations on basic issues of workplace justice and resources for the academic mission is difficult for us to explain. These issues are critical to the well being of the university and the quality of its academic programs,” he added.

MAFA represents around 150 full-time and 60 part-time members.

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For more information contact:

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

Mafa@mta.ca