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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
UNB management backtracks into a strike
FREDERICTON and SAINT JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK (10:30pm, Jan. 12, 2013) — 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.
“I wonder if they ever intended to settle,” said Dr. Miriam Jones, AUNBT president. “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.”
“I don’t understand what they are playing at,” said Dr. Susan Blair, Job Action Committee coordinator in Fredericton. “But it will blow up in their faces. The support we have been seeing from our members is phenomenal. And you know, I don’t think our members will be in the least surprised. This is a continuation of the culture of disrespect that we have been experiencing for some years now.”
“The most surprising thing,” said Dr. Debra Lindsay, Job Action coordinator in Saint John, “is the way the students have been treated. They have been anxious for weeks now, and anyone monitoring the social media can see the level of stress. To bring things down to the wire like this, with no apparent intent to really negotiate — will only lead to upset students a stronger and more focused membership.”
“The AUNBT bargaining team did a wonderful job,” said Dr. Jones. “They were patient and professional at every turn. They explored every avenue. The membership needs to know that they were represented impeccably. But the other side was entrenched.”

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5 Comments on “Media release”

  1. Sad sad day
    January 13, 2014 at 2:43 am #

    It is going to be a long cold winter. Strike will only end when the threat of legislated back to work happens. Hopefully by March.

    Your strike and the first loss of a term in Canadian history will do more damage to unb’s reputation, than Unb admin will ever do. Luckily the government will threaten to legislate you all back toward, causing a deal to be made, so that the province isn’t embarrassed by the first ever loss of a term.

    • Anonymous
      January 13, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

      What the province should be embarassed about is that we’ve become Canada’s mock third-world nation-state and our most profitable export is intelligent and successful people.

      It’s about time someone in New Brunswick spoke up and demanded fair and comparitive wages to bring this province up to date with the rest of the non-Irving dominated country.

    • Student
      January 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      Providence seems to have proven the cold part of your statement wrong, since we have been having the warmest weather possible for those picketting. But as for the reputation of our university, as a student, all I see is the profs exemplifying the very ideals of education. To question authority and search independently for truth! Their very platform has been entirely based on numbers acquired from a third party and far from using propaganda, they seem to be encouraging every individual to investigate the truth of their claims. The administration, on the other hand, has not produced a satisfactory retort, even though they have had every opportunity to. The profs who are striking now are exactly the ones I would wish to learn from, especially if they are steadfast enough to hold out until the semester gets written off. What would really do damage would be if the government stepped in as you have mentioned, because then, not only would I lose my respect for this academic institution, but I would also be profoundly embarrased on behalf of the government of a province in which I have spent my entire life. Guess it wouldn’t be too late to flee West like all the sane youths of this province seem to be doing.

      • Light at the end of the tunnel
        January 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm #

        Well said and written. I am saddened to see that at the 35th anniversary of establishing a union at UNB, faculty are forced into this precedence-setting strike. It is about time the lavishing expenses of the administration on unneeded hiring of administrators is questioned and challenged, research prioritization and equity of pay are demanded. This should be everyone’s business, because UNB is ours (students, faculty and people) and does not exist for administrators being in the captain’s seat without accountability.

  2. UNB Student
    January 13, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    A big thanks to Dr. Lindsay for talking about the students!