Volume 91, Issue 73

Friday, February 6, 1998



Striking Acadia optimism

By Brendan Howe
Gazette Staff

A faculty strike at Acadia University is still a possibility but there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

Talks between the the university's Faculty Union and Board of Governors resumed yesterday after a week of silence and lasted all day, said Bruce Cohoon, director of the Acadia office of public affairs.

"It is my opinion and the opinion of others that the two groups are pretty close [to coming to an agreement]," he said. He added the university does believe there will be a settlement before Tuesday, when members of the AUFU become eligible to strike.

At the end of January, faculty members voted 97 per cent in favour of rejecting the latest offer from the Board of Governors. A general vote was held Monday and Tuesday of this week during which the AUFU decided to strike.

Talks had been ongoing and students of the university made attempts in January to stop their year from being interrupted by participating in negotiations as well as staging a sit-in of 700 students strong.

The contract between faculty members and the university expired at the start of September last year and professors have been teaching without one since. Cohoon said the university's largest concern right now is the welfare of its students.

The AUFU has said lack of academic freedom, good governance and collegiality in proposals from the university are reasons why an agreement has not yet been reached.

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