University of PEI Faculty Association says members on strike as negotiations stall

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CHARLOTTETOWN — Members of the University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association began picketing Monday, as the Atlantic region's third university strike in two months got underway.

The association went on strike in the morning after what it described as failed attempts to enter additional negotiations with the university's administration.

The association, which represents all academic staff at the university, including professors, librarians and sessional instructors, says its members entered a strike as of midnight.

Michael Arfken, the president of the faculty association, said the union's roughly 500 members are in good spirits as they fight for a contract that adds more full-time staff and offers wage increases that cushion the impact of inflation.

University spokeswoman Nicole Phillips said in an email that the university believes an arbitrator is needed to assist in negotiations.

Faculty at Cape Breton University in Sydney, N.S., and Memorial University, in Newfoundland and Labrador, went on strike at the end of January and both reached settlements with their administrations in February.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 20, 2023.

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