Talks break down in strike at St. FX University
Faculty and support staff are on strike at St. Francis Xavier University, prompting the university to postpone classes.
Published Friday, February 8, 2013 10:55AM AST
ANTIGONISH, N.S. -- A strike by faculty continues at Nova Scotia's St. Francis Xavier University after talks failed to produce agreement on new contract proposals.
In an update on its website the union says a proposal tabled Tuesday by the school's administration falls "far short of our requests."
Union president Peter McInnis says the union has compromised as much as it can and it will not move any further on its own counter proposal.
McInnis says the gap between the sides is about $200,000, however university president Sean Riley says union's counter proposal would add about $700,000 to the administration's offer.
The union also accuses the administration of bargaining in bad faith and says attempts to bypass the union's executive with direct appeals to the membership will only prolong the strike.
The strike is now 12 days old.