Mount Allison officials, faculty meet with mediator today
Confusion over whether classes resume Monday or not
Both sides in the three-week faculty strike at Mount Allison University will meet in Sackville, N.B., on Saturday with the provincial mediator.
At issue is binding arbitration. Both sides have said they agree to the process, but the exact details of how it will be applied still have to be worked out. That's caused some confusion.
University provost and vice-president Karen Grant insists classes will resume next week, citing the message from provincial mediator Rick Merrill.
“Proposing that they meet over the weekend, that students could, would, be back in class on Monday. And therefore, if you go on the university's home page what you'll see is, classes resume on Monday,” she said.
However, the Mount Allison Faculty Association said until binding arbitration details are formally agreed to, its members remain on strike.
Full-time faculty and librarians walked off the job in a legal strike on Jan. 27, bringing classes to a halt for 2,400 students.
The Mount Allison Faculty Association points to workload as a key issue in the dispute, and says the administration needs to provide greater support to the university's core mission. The association also said salaries, pensions and benefits are also areas of contention.