Updates on labour relations between the University and its bargaining units.

The Board of Governors (Employer) is currently negotiating with the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) on what will be the 16th collective agreement between the parties. Updates will be posted below as the negotiations proceed.

After three days of conciliation between the University Administration and the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA), the provincially appointed conciliation officer has informed us that he believes the parties are at an impasse and he will file his report with the Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration on Friday, January 14. This starts the two-week countdown to when AUFA could be in a legal strike position.

As previously communicated, the bargaining team for the Board of Governors of Acadia University asked the Province for conciliation in early November to facilitate a negotiated collective agreement with the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA). As is normal for this process, during the first meeting on Monday, December 13, the provincially appointed conciliation officer met with both teams to establish the outstanding issues.

On December 13, the bargaining committees for the Board and AUFA will meet with the assistance of a provincially appointed conciliation officer in an effort to reach a negotiated collective agreement for Acadia’s 350 faculty members. While the parties have achieved agreement in some areas, a number of items remain unresolved. After multiple meetings between the parties, the Board made the decision to end this phase of negotiations and enlist the help of the conciliation officer, a common part of collective bargaining and a step that AUFA has taken many times during previous rounds of negotiations.