(WOLFVILLE, NS, February 1, 2022) – Acadia University announces that the University Administration and the Faculty Association (AUFA) joint efforts to reach a new collective agreement have been unsuccessful to date. As a result, members of the Faculty Association are in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. today, Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
That means classes and labs are cancelled until further notice. Other campus operations continue, and the University will take every reasonable measure to support students, including providing core services and resources.
“We are deeply troubled that this situation impacts students,” says Dr. Dale Keefe, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, and spokesperson for the University bargaining team. “While there is currently disagreement on what the final collective agreement contains, both parties – the Faculty Association and University Administration - ultimately want the best for our students.”
The University began negotiating the 16th Collective Agreement with its 350-person Faculty Association in July 2021 and requested the help of a provincial conciliator in November. The conciliator declared an impasse and a two-week cooling-off period on January 14. Both sides resumed talks on January 26 and 27. As late as yesterday, communications were ongoing through the conciliator.
Students and employees can expect messages via email from the University with additional information about operational matters and supports.
The University posts information and updates on the Labour Relations website.