Volume 95, Issue 92

Wednesday, March 27, 2002
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School is back in session after four week strike at Dalhousie

School is back in session after four week strike at Dalhousie

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff

A tentative agreement has been reached at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia between striking faculty and university administration.

According to a joint news release from both Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association sent Tuesday evening, the agreement was reached with the assistance of a provincial mediator, Milton Veniot.

The strike had stretched into its fourth week, with yesterday being the fourth day of negotiations with the provincial mediator.

The agreement is still subject to approval by the DFA executive committee, the DFA bargaining unit and ratification by the Dalhousie Board of Governors.

The DFA's main areas of contention concerned salary levels and the university's policy of replacing full-time staff with part-time faculty.

Contract negotiations between the DFA and the university's Board of Governors, which began in July, broke off Dec. 18.

Faculty members walked off the job at Dalhousie, a school with 14 thousand students, on Monday, Mar. 4.

The strike at Dalhousie also caused the cessation of classes at a second university in Halifax.

The University of King's College, which shares faculty resources with Dalhousie, cancelled most of its classes – despite the fact that all King's faculty members are not on strike. A majority of UKC's faculty teach solely at the college, but a minority also teach classes at Dalhousie.

Dalhousie spokeswoman Stacy Lewis said classes at King's were cancelled out of "fairness to students," despite King's faculty-members not being a part of the DFA.

"[Cancelling classes] has to do with an administration position at King's," said Richard Newman, University of King's College Students' Union VP-internal, adding students just want to resume classes.

"My impression is that it is a political sympathy move on the part of [King's] professors [to cancel classes]," said Courtney Crumb, a third-year history and contemporary studies student enrolled at King's, noting her own classes have been canceled.

According to Dalhousie Student Union president Shawn Tracey, even though the DSU has spoken out on certain aspects of the strike, it does not support either side in the dispute. Students were fed up with both sides' apparent lack of effort to find a resolution, he added.

The released statement said details of the agreement will not be made public until a membership meeting and any decision to resume classes depends on the outcome of the vote to be held no later than Thursday.

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