BREAKING NEWS: Talks have broken down between The University of New Brunswick and the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers (AUNBT) resulting in the AUNBT exercising it’s “legal right to strike.” The AUNBT released the following: Despite a last-ditch effort on the part of AUNBT and a significant modification in our salary proposal the parties were unable to reach an agreement. The Employer made no movement on the compensation envelop and an abrupt retrenchment on non-monetary issues. The Collective Bargaining Committee voted unanimously to reject the offer.
Further details will come as soon as The Baron is able to contact the parties involved to discuss more.
What we do know right now is that according to a release on the AUNBT’s Facebook page, “We are on strike. Despite significant concessions on our part, the employer was not interested in a deal. They even backtracked.” They’ve also released that “if there is a strike, all on-campus classes will be suspended. This includes classes in Fredericton, Saint John, Bathurst and Moncton. It also includes any instruction by full time AUNBT members who are on strike, such as on-line courses. It also includes on-campus courses taught by part-time instructors (Contract Academic Employees or CAEs), but does not include on-line courses taught by CAEs.”
We also know that according to the University’s labour negotiations website (www.unblabour.ca), that there is still no strike protocol in place.
The Student Council at UNB Saint John has released a statement expressing it’s displeasure over the fact that a tentative deal has not been reached between the two parties involved.