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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Union Questions Commitment of University to Revitalising Faculty

As the strike by university of professors continues at U-N-B, a lot of people are getting nervous about when classes might resume. There's pressure to resume negotiations and there has been talk of that happening this week.

Union President Miriam Jones concedes at first glance it appears the professors are making good coin so why are they striking but she argues the faculty is aging and not being replaced by younger professors who would be making less. According to Jones, that's what the older professors would like to see because it means there's a commitment on the part of the university to revitalise the faculty with new blood. 

As it is, Jones tells CHSJ News the university is replacing fulltime professors with people who teach course by course for what she describes as "peanuts" or on term contracts.