Volume 93, Issue 80

Thursday, March 2, 2000


Western researchers get American money

Profs join students in strike

Chancellors praise liberal arts

Greenspan pays visit to campus

God debate finds no answers



Profs join students in strike

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

Students at the Université de Moncton, who recently went on strike to protest tuition hikes, now stand to lose more class time as professors hit the picket lines today over salary increases.

Paul-Emile Benoit, director of communications for Moncton, said the student strike Tuesday and yesterday was meant to alert the public and government of recent tuition hikes and the need for funding.

Benoit said tuition currently costs $2,950 for a full-time student, but administration was considering an increase of eight per cent next year.

Ann-Genevieve Ducharme, media co-ordinator for the Fédération des ƒtudiants et ƒtudiantes at U of M, said the university was also considering a 24 to 45 per cent hike in tuition over the next three years. She added the two day student strike had shut down the university, allowing only essential services. "Deans, faculty and administrators were all kept from entering the university," she said.

Eric Levesque, a student at Moncton, said he fully supported the student strike and hoped it would result in funding. He added students, especially those planning to graduate in the spring, were worried about the professor and faculty strike.

Benoit explained faculty are pursuing salary parity with other universities in New Brunswick. He added these kinds of protests were the first for Moncton.

"The university was founded in 1963 and this is the first ever teacher strike," he said.

Marc Estaracha, in charge of external communications for the faculty association at the university, said professors were seeking a combined 20 per cent pay increase over three years. "The university has offered increases of two per cent, two per cent and three per cent over successive years," he said.

Estaracha added the strike was planned at an opportune time for students. "The march break is next week so hopefully students will only be missing a couple days of school."

Hopefully, talks between faculty and administration would resume this weekend, he added.

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