UNB, AUNBT reach tentative agreement

February 3, 2014

Faculty at the University of New Brunswick and the university administration have reached a tentative agreement, and classes will resume this week. The roughly 550 academic staff and librarians will vote on Tuesday and Wednesday on an agreement that includes salary increases of 2.5% in the first 2 years of the contract, with any increase in the third year to be determined through arbitration, says Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT) President Miriam Jones. The faculty has been on strike since January 13. UNB President Eddy Campbell said in a statement, “We will deploy all of the university’s resources to help everyone with the transition back to classes."  The university has set up an information page on its website. CBC

Update: February 4, 2014

University of New Brunswick’s student union says its members should be compensated financially for lost class time during a strike that lasted about 3 weeks. UNB has announced that it plans to cancel March break and extend the school year to make up for the lost time. The student union will submit their reimbursement proposal next week; it calls for $50 per day for tuition. Global News

Update: February 10, 2014

The University of New Brunswick has agreed to award its students financial credit in recognition of their "hardships and inconvenience" during the faculty strike that lasted about 3 weeks in January. The exact amounts and details have not been determined, but UNB estimates that full-time students will receive a lump sum credit on their account of more than $200 in late March. Part-time students will receive less. CBC