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Editorial: Collective bargaining and the politicization of student unions

Editorial: Collective bargaining and the politicization of student unions

The Editorial Team, The Athenaeum | January 19, 2015 | Comments (6)

With 2015 underway and Collective Bargaining Agreement conciliation ending without resolution, students are anxiously awaiting news of whether or not a labour disruption will take place. Any decision will greatly affect Acadia students. We believe …

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An open letter to the AUFA, Board of Governors and the conciliator

Brandon Krulick | January 23, 2015 | Comments (3)

To the AUFA, Board of Governors, and the Conciliator,

As a student concerned with the matter at hand, and one who prides myself in being very aware of the situation, I must say that I am very disheartened with all the parties involved for two reasons: for allowing yourselves to take valuable time before returning to the table, and secondly, for not allowing a representative of the students to allow to join the table, to assist and collaborate with the parties to help reach a successful agreement, as well as be more aware and immersed in the bargaining process to have more information for the student body and leave less to speculation. Please note that I am not taking the side of either the AUFA or the Board of Governors in this matter, however I do take the side of the party that best represents my interest in the quality of this university, such as class sizes, course availability, etc. as well as one that is concerned with the future well-being, both financially and reputably.

I think you all can agree that time is a very valuable asset and that the incorrect use of it is detrimental to all aspects of society. Although negotiations fell apart, it is not constructive to take time away from working towards a solution and to seemingly prepare arguments that the other party will have an equal rebuttal for. It is more constructive, however to sit down and discuss ideas with one another and to communicate. This is something I was taught in elementary school and was exemplified in university: communication is one of the most important aspects of a community. To discuss is to learn. Please tell me how you expect to learn while the table is empty.

Communication is also more valuable when there are more people present, both to teach and to learn. The Acadia Students’ Union is by far the best party to have present in these discussions. As a student and part of the sole aspect and reason behind your institution, it disgusts me that there is not a party seated at the table with my interests in mind, and one that will openly convey to me the greater details of the process that is occurring. I also believe it to be backwards minded to not allow another voice at your table that may be able to present new ideas or to at least motivate the parties to reach a collective agreement. We pride ourselves in being a liberal and diverse university where all sides are heard as well as new and creative ideas are manifested and as my mother always said: the more the merrier.

In conclusion, I would like to address the students of Acadia who are concerned as I am about this situation: pressure (such is the sole purpose of my letter) to push all parties to return to the table, and to allow a representative of the students to join in the process, is our best strategy at this point in time. Displaying this pressure constructively via letters, marches, sit-ins, etc. is what we all should be doing as proud students of Acadia.

With sincere hopes of resolution,

A student.

Media Release: AUFA rejects Board’s proposal, calls for return to bargaining table

Andrew Biro, AUFA spokesperson | January 22, 2015
Media Release: AUFA rejects Board’s proposal, calls for return to bargaining table

(Wolfville, Nova Scotia – January 22, 2015) In a well-attended special meeting, AUFA’s membership voted convincingly today to reject the Board of Governors’ latest offer. Members expressed frustration that, after years of cuts to the …

Brew Review: Propellor Pale Ale

Jon Smith | January 22, 2015
Brew Review: Propellor Pale Ale

Pour with two finger light head reminiscent of a root beer float, laces down the glass.
Light amber color, filtered.
Decent scent, very sweet and malty, hint of caramel.
Light biscuity feel, very easy on the tongue. Very …

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Laura Jeha | January 22, 2015
New year, new me?

Work it Out
Most people’s resolutions tend to fall under health-related categories. Maybe you want to get active, but the gym in January is your own personal hell. Perhaps sweating like you are trekking through the …

Lectures celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Alex Quesnel | January 22, 2015
Lectures celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In honour of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Acadia University will host a pair of lectures focused on the civil rights leader’s legacy, as well as his connection to Canadian history. Acadia’s Harrison McCain Visiting …

The Bargaining Table

Athenaeum Comic Artist | January 20, 2015 | Comments (2)
The Bargaining Table

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Acadia University Faculty Association Statement

Andrew Biro, AUFA spokesperson   | January 19, 2015 | Comments (1)
Acadia University Faculty Association Statement

AUFA would prefer not to conduct negotiations through the media, but we can say that it was not the Faculty Association’s decision to walk away from the table as the ASU’s communique suggests. On Friday …

A Letter to the Students

The Student | January 19, 2015 | Comments (7)
A Letter to the Students

Dear Students,
On January 19th our Union took a stand. It said that we would allow the university administration to dictate the terms of our education to us. It revoked its representation of the Acadia Student …

Editorial: Collective bargaining and the politicization of student unions

The Editorial Team, The Athenaeum | January 19, 2015 | Comments (6)
Editorial: Collective bargaining and the politicization of student unions

With 2015 underway and Collective Bargaining Agreement conciliation ending without resolution, students are anxiously awaiting news of whether or not a labour disruption will take place. Any decision will greatly affect Acadia students. We believe …

Dalhousie Announces Suspension of 13 Male Students From Clinic Work as Community Protests Treatment of Victims

Rachel Ward — CUP Labour Bureau Chief | January 6, 2015
Dalhousie Announces Suspension of 13 Male Students From Clinic Work as Community Protests Treatment of Victims

HALIFAX (CUP) — Thirteen dentistry students at Dalhousie University may still be able to attend classes next week, despite being suspended from degree-required clinic work. Dalhousie President Richard Florizone said in a press release Jan. …

Students Nova Scotia: Student Organizations Stand Against Rape Culture and Sexual Violence

Students Nova Scotia | December 25, 2014
Students Nova Scotia: Student Organizations Stand Against Rape Culture and Sexual Violence

Students Nova Scotia
For Immediate Release
Halifax, NS – Following the revelations of misogynistic incidents involving students at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Dentistry, Students Nova Scotia and its members have reiterated their commitment to supporting collective action …