Mount Allison faculty strike suspends classes

January 28, 2014

Faculty and librarians at Mount Allison University are on strike as of Monday morning after their union and the university failed to reach an agreement over the weekend. All classes have been suspended until further notice, but all other services at Mount Allison continue to operate as usual, “including residences, the dining hall, the student centre, the athletic centre, and the library," reads a university news release. The Mount Allison Faculty Association (MAFA), which represents 154 full-time and 56 part-time academic staff, says workload and the need to provide greater support to the core academic mission of the university are the key issues in the dispute. MAFA issued a strike deadline for 12:01 am on January 27. CBC

Update: February 5, 2014

Mount Allison University and its faculty association are resuming their negotiations today at the request of the provincially-appointed mediator, Rick Merrill. The faculty strike at MTA began on February 27, suspending classes for 2,400 students. CBC

Update: February 19, 2014

Mount Allison University and its faculty have settled their issues with binding arbitration, ending a 3-week strike and allowing students to return to class this past Monday. MTA says it hopes to present a revised academic schedule to the university senate by the end of the week. MAFA News Release | CBC