10/24/07

Faculty strikers cross picket line to give blood

Acadia University faculty members crossed the picket line Tuesday, but only to give blood. The strike by the university’s faculty union entered its second week Monday and there’s no end in sight.

No new talks are scheduled yet and professors remain on the picket line, although the union allowed its members and others to cross the line Tuesday to donate at a blood donor clinic on the campus.

The strike hasn’t caused much in the way of cancellations, university spokesman Scott Roberts said Tuesday. It has forced the postponement of an open house for prospective students scheduled for this Friday, however.

He also said a workshop at the campus planned for this week by the Association of Atlantic University Teachers was cancelled by the group because it wouldn’t cross the picket line.

He said there is no specific mid-term schedule because not all professors have the tests, so there is no official cancellation. How those are made up will be up to the professors.

The Acadia students union is planning a pro-student rally for Thursday. In a release, the union said that as the strike continues, students are becoming fed up and are frustrated that negotiations are at an impasse.

Kyle Steele, president of the students union, said in the release that tensions at Acadia are directly affecting students’ futures.

"Many students are stressed that they will have a difficult time catching up on their course work once the strike ends," he said. "They feel that they are losing out on valuable class time and contact with their professors."

He said both sides need to get back to the table and work out a deal.

(thechronicleherald.ca)

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