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Mount Allison Faculty Association Supports Mesheau’s Call for Intervention

Tantramar MLA Peter Mesheau has called for provincial government intervention in the current labour dispute at Mount Allison University. Mount Allison Faculty Association President George De Benedetti reacted to Mr. Mesheau’s statement by saying that “MAFA has repeatedly indicated it willingness to entertain third party intervention to resolve this dispute. We have confidence that our… Read more »

During the third strike this decade, Mount Allison faculty wonder about the institution’s future

Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, is in the midst of its third strike in the 1990s, and many faculty and other observers are wondering what the future holds for the institution. Mount Allison is the perennial top small undergraduate university in Canada, but a closer look tells a different story, say the institution’s internal… Read more »

Provincial NDP Leader and President of Canadian Association of University Teachers to Join MAFA Strikers Friday

The Mount Allison Faculty Association strike enters its second day on Friday, January 22nd, with a show of support by Elizabeth Weir and Dr. Bill Graham. Elizabeth Weir, leader of the N.B. NDP, and Dr. Bill Graham, president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, will join picketers in the morning and will address striking… Read more »

Mount Allison Strike Date Announced

The Mount Allison Faculty Association set Thursday, January 21, as the date for strike action in support of its demand for improved salary scales comparable to other small Canadian universities. Currently Mount Allison’s faculty salary scales are near the bottom of the 23 small Canadian universities with which Maclean’s Magazine compares Mount Allison, says Roger… Read more »

Mount Allison Faculty Authorize Job Action

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… Read more »

CAUT to Appoint Committee of Inquiry in Thorpe Case

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has announced that it will form a Committee of Inquiry to investigate the treatment of Prof. Michael Thorpe, says George De Benedetti, President of the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA). “There is still much concern on campus about the treatment of Professor Thorpe, so we are pleased that… Read more »

Conciliation process wraps up at Mount Allison

After a week of work by a Department of Labour conciliator, talks between the Mount Allison administration and the university faculty have reached an impasse. Both sides made some progress on non-monetary issues, but are still far apart on salary scales.” says Roger Wehrell, spokesperson for the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA). At a meeting… Read more »

Mount Allison faculty and librarians back negotiating team in vote by members

Mount Allison professors and professional librarians voted overwhelmingly on Monday, November 23rd to back their Executive and Negotiating Team in their troubled relations with the university administration. Ninety-five percent (95%) of the 91 members of the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) who voted resolved that they are willing to take job action, including striking, in… Read more »

Faculty calls on administration to reorient its priorities

Mount Allison professors are pleased that the university has led the small-universities group in the MacLean’s Magazine survey once again, but they want the administration to recognize the value of the faculty’s work. “We are gratified that our work is being recognized by MacLean’s magazine, but we don’t know how long we can keep it… Read more »

Mount Allison Faculty Association calls for Conciliator

Citing an “impasse” in its negotiation with the University Administration, the Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA) has asked the province’s Minister of Labour to appoint a Conciliator. “Our difficulties in arriving at a new Collective Agreement with the Administration centre on the issues of “quality, equity and respect,” says MAFA spokesperson Roger Wehrell. Mount Allison… Read more »