Mount Saint Vincent faculty prepare to strike as negotiations stall

By CityNews Halifax Staff

The Mount Saint Vincent University Faculty Association says it is preparing to strike as of Feb. 10.

This comes after the association took a vote in December with 97 percent of its members voting in favour of a strike.

In a release, MSVUFA president Dr. Susan Brigham said the collective bargaining process has been frustrating and disappointing as the board of governors has been dragging its feet.

“The Board did not come to the table in the summer, choosing instead to wait months after the collective agreement expired and then refusing to table its financial package until conciliation in January,” she said. “The stall tactics have made it impossible to make meaningful progress towards concluding a fair and reasonable agreement in a timely manner. Our optimism for reaching a deal is fading.”

She went on to say the agreement, which expired back in June, requires a complete overhaul.

The association represents nearly 160 full-time faculty, librarian, and lab instructor employees.

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