The faculty union at Acadia University is on strike after rejecting the university’s latest contract offer. The provincially-appointed coordinator had declared an impasse on January 14th, and an acceptable offer was reportedly not produced after a 14-day cooling off period. Key issues for the union include salaries “that do not fall too far below cost of living increases” and the improvement of hiring processes that increase diversity. The strike includes 350 professors, librarians, archivists, and instructors, and classes and labs have been cancelled while other campus operations continue. “While there is currently disagreement on what the final collective agreement contains, both parties — the faculty association and university administration — ultimately want the best for our students,” said Acadia’s Provost and VP Academic Dale Keefe. CBC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.