University of New Brunswick campus

The Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers represents more than 1,000 members at the Saint John and Fredericton campuses. (Courtesy of UNB)

The Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers is calling a strike vote.

The group says its collective bargaining council voted unanimously late Monday afternoon to authorize the executive to call the vote.

President Miriam Jones emphasized in a message on the group's website that the strike vote doesn't necessarily mean professors will go on strike.

"Calling a strike vote is not the same as going on strike," Jones stated.

"A solid strike vote becomes essential at a certain stage in bargaining, and is often the best means of avoiding a strike," she said.

Negotiations between the AUNBT and the university have been ongoing since March.

Post-Secondary Education Minister Jody Carr said last week he would not appoint a conciliation board.

Polling for the strike vote is planned for Dec. 3 and Dec. 4.

The AUNBT represents more than 1,000 members at the Saint John and Fredericton UNB campuses.