Volume 95, Issue 80

Wednesday, March 6, 2002
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From the Editor

Stee-rike two at Halifax's Dalhousie

By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Fourteen thousand students at Dalhousie University hoping for an extended reading week got their wish Monday when faculty members walked off the job.

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

The newest proposal, submitted by the DFA to the board on Feb. 21, which included a request for a 10.8 per cent wage increase over a three-year period, was rejected, according to the DFA's strike update website.

DFA President Andrew Wainwright said there are many issues at hand aside from the DFA's obvious monetary concerns. In addition to requesting a wage increase, faculty are asking the board to consider parental leaves, peer reviews, discrimination policy, technology-assisted classes and flexible retirement.

"The board said no or simply did not respond to the non-monetary concerns we brought forth," Wainwright said, noting the strike vote, taken on Nov. 28, yielded 71 per cent support.

"Students right now are caught by this and it is a shame the faculty has had to go on strike to bring settlement at the table.

Stacey Lewis, media spokeswoman for the university, said a specific point of contention between the two parties is the university's policy of hiring more part-time faculty to replace retiring members.

Wainwright said the trend is creating a "two-tiered" division among faculty members, "in which a small group of people will manage and most faculty members will be shut out of management decisions."

Lewis said no decisions have been made in regards to rescheduling classes.

Shawn Tracey, president of the Dalhousie Students' Union noted this is the second labour strike in four years at Dalhousie and the fourth since 1985.

"Having a strike every time there is a labour issue devalues a Dalhousie degree," he said.

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