University of Brunswick Canada

UNB professors take strike action

UNB picket lineMore than 1, 000 professors, teaching staff and librarians at the University of New Brunswick took strike action Monday to back demands for improved pay and working conditions.

"Fairness and respect, haven't seen it yet, " they chanted at the main gates of the Fredericton campus on Monday morning.

Picket lines went up at about 7:30 a.m. Monday — a first in the university's history.

"I'm telling people that today is a peaceful demonstration, " said Kelly Day, who teaches nursing, but is serving as a strike captain, organizing shifts and laying down the rules, which include no blocking traffic and no intimidating pedestrians.

Member of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers on the picket line Monday at the UNB main gate. (Shaun Waters / CBC)

"We believe our cause is worth fighting for and that we’re just here to inform, " said Day.

The strike affects more than 9, 000 students.

UNB has suspended all classes at its Fredericton and Saint John campuses for the duration of the legal strike. Some online courses and those offered in Miramichi will continue.

Miriam Jones, the president of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers, said her group made a significant modification to its salary proposal in a last-ditch effort Sunday to avert a strike. But Jones said UNB administration made no movement on compensation and an "abrupt retrenchment" on non-monetary issues.

'We simply can't afford what the union is seeking, which is in the order of 14 per cent over two years.'- UNB president Eddy Campbell

"I wonder if they ever intended to settle, " said Jones. "They kept our team talking until practically the last minute and then offered no movement. It is very difficult to view this behaviour in a charitable light."

UNB president Eddy Campbell says faculty members are asking for too much.

"We simply can't afford what the union is seeking, which is in the order of 14 per cent over two years, or well over 20 per cent over four, " he told CBC News.

It's unrealistic, said Peter McDougall, associate vice-president of human resources.

"Our student numbers have been declining. Student tuition revenues are declining. Governments are hard-pressed to provide us with operating funding."

Faculty will be locked out starting Tuesday, said Campbell. The lockout will remain in place until an agreement can be reached, he said.

"UNB remains committed to achieving a new collective agreement that serves the broad interests of students and the university community and that improves the current contract with faculty, " the university release stated.

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