SACKVILLE, N.B. – Academic staff from all across Canada will return to Sackville today to show their solidarity with the faculty and librarians of the Mount Allison Faculty Association, who have been on strike since Jan. 27.
“The continuing support of our colleagues across the country is wonderful. Every day in the mail we are receiving messages of support from other academic staff associations, and when the flying and driving pickets arrive on Friday we honour these ties of solidarity and good will,” MAFA President Loralea Michaelis said on Thursday.
Talks between the university and its striking faculty resumed Wednesday at the request of a provincially-appointed conciliator.
Both sides are in a media blackout so it’s not known how the talks are progressing.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Defence Fund has over 20,000 members from 50 unions and sends solidarity pickets when a member union is on strike.
Like last Friday, a parade around the campus will start from strike headquarters at 11:45 a.m., wrapping up with a solidarity rally at the Bandstand on Main Street around 12:30 p.m.