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HALIFAX Part-time faculty at Saint Marys University, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3912, will be in a legal strike position March 30. The conciliation officer filed his report after the university and the union were unable to resolve wage and seniority issues.

We are still hopeful that we will be able to achieve a settlement before that date, says CUPE National Rep Linda Clancy. It is not our wish to disrupt exams, and we expect the university feels the same. We are willing to return to the table at any time to prevent that worst case scenario from happening.

The employees are asking for a wage increase that will bring them closer to what is earned by part-time faculty at other universities across the country. In addition, they have rejected the universitys proposal to give retired professors the first option on teaching part-time courses, and to offer course work to Ph.D. students before offering it to bargaining unit members.

CUPE represents approximately 230 part-time faculty at Saint Marys, as well as part-time faculty at Dalhousie and Mount Saint Vincent Universities. Part-time faculty at Dalhousie and the Mount applied for conciliation on February 27.

For more information please contact Linda Clancy at (902) 455-4180.