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Acadia University faculty set strike deadline of Feb. 1

The Acadia University Faculty Association has set a strike deadline of Feb. 1after a provincially-appointed conciliator declared an impasse in negotiations.

Provincially-appointed conciliator declared impasse in negotiations

The Acadia University Faculty Association says it hopes to reach a contract agreement without striking. (Robert Short/CBC)

The association representing 350 faculty members of Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., has set a strike deadline of Feb. 1.

A news release from the Acadia University Faculty Association said a provincially-appointed conciliator filed a report on Jan. 14 declaring an impasse in contract negotiations between the association and the Acadia board of governors.

After a 14 day cooling-off period, the release said the two parties are legally able to begin a strike or lockout.

According to the association, 90 per cent of its members took part in a strike authorization vote in November 2021 and 94 per cent of those voting authorized the association to strike.

The release said the association is committed to reaching a tentative agreement without striking.

A spokesperson for the university told CBC News on Friday that both parties have "committed to going back to a conciliator-led discussion on January 26 and 27."

A news release from the institution on Jan. 15 said its proposals in negotiations were aimed at addressing financial sustainability, diversity and inclusion and academic integrity within the framework of the university's governance model. 

While the university said it does not want a strike, given the number of issues remaining to be resolved, it was prepared for the possibility of one.