CBU, AST faculty in contract talks

UNB labour strife could come to N.S.

St. Francis Xavier faculty on strike last year

Faculty negotiations at Cape Breton University and Atlantic School of Theology are underway with contracts coming up soon at other universities in Nova Scotia.

The University of New Brunswick is in its second week of a faculty strike over a new collective agreement.

Cape Breton University faculty voted to strike in November over teaching loads. The earliest a strike can occur is Jan. 22. David Wheeler, the president of the university, said in a message to students “the strike vote is part of a process of negotiation.” A strike vote strengthens the faculty’s bargaining position but does not mean a strike will happen. The previous contract ended June 30, 2013.

Faculty contracts are being negotiated at other schools. The Atlantic School of Theology Faculty Association’s three-year contract expired in March 2013. Negotiations began last June for a new contract.

Dalhousie’s faculty almost went on strike in 2012 over shoring up the university’s ailing pension plan. The strike was adverted and a new contract was signed that lasts until June 2014. University of King’s College faculty do not have their own union and instead benefit from virtual wage parity with the Dalhousie Faculty Association.

Acadia University’s faculty went on strike in 2004 and 2007. Their collective agreement also ends in June 2014.

Mount Saint Vincent’s faculty voted to strike in 2012 but the school was able to avoid strike action. A collective agreement was signed that lasts until June 2015. NSCAD avoided a strike in March 2013 and signed a new contract that lasts until December 2015.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union, which represents Nova Scotia Community College instructors as well as K-12 teachers, almost went on strike in 2009. Their latest collective agreement lasts until August 2014.

Saint Mary’s University’s contract with their instructors lasts until August 2015.

St. Francis Xavier University faculty held a three-week strike last year after going eight months without a contract. A collective agreement was reached that will last until 2016.

Source: Canadian Association of University Teachers Almanac 2013-2014