Acadia one step closer to a happier ever after
By Sara Marett
After voting last week to strike out, Acadia University's Faculty Union may be back up to bat as they reached a tentative agreement Monday.
The AUFU has been a position to strike since last Friday, but members have agreed to its negotiating team's proposal and will go to a ratification vote Feb. 17, said Bruce Cohoon, director of the Acadia office of public affairs. Both the university's administration and the union representing AUFA were recommending the deal be accepted, he added.
Jim Sacounman, president of AUFU, said he can not predict how the 223 union members will vote on Feb. 17 and would not comment on the details of the agreement.
Talks between the AUFU and the university's Board of Governors resumed last Thursday after a week of silence following the AUFU's vote to strike. The AUFU voted 97 per cent in favour of rejecting the Board's latest offer in January and the two groups have been trying to negotiate a collective agreement since the fall.
Students have been in limbo for the past few weeks while the two groups have been negotiating. On Jan. 12, approximately 700 students staged a sit-in to encourage the administration and the AUFU to come to an agreement.
Faculty members, to protest the administration's negotiations, have not been teaching with the 'Acadia Advantage' laptop computers in the classroom since the beginning of second semester, explained Acadia Students' Union President Paul Black. "They have taken away something we were promised," he said. Black added students were fairly well assured that the two groups will reach a decision, but can't be overly optimistic.
Acadia's faculty have been teaching without a contract since September.