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NSCAD president sends letter to students as strike continues

Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing says her aim is to provide clarification regarding the work stoppage
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(Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

As faculty and librarians at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) continue their strike, the school's president has written directly to students.

In a letter obtained by NEWS 95.7/HalifaxToday.ca, professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing says her aim is to provide clarification regarding the work stoppage. 

Taylor-Gearing writes on the last day of conciliation, regular part-time faculty were offered a 10 per cent wage increase over a four year contract, with a 6 per cent bump in the first year.

In a news release issued last week, Faculty Association of NSCAD president Mathew Reichertz said they wanted their working conditions to be closer to parity with teaching staff and librarians at other universities in the province.

However, Taylor-Gearing says full-time faculty pay at the school is among the highest when compared to other art colleges across the country, and they compare salaries with those schools instead of other Nova Scotian universities because they also teach in a studio-based environment and offer similar class sizes.

"Our full-time faculty have a lower teaching load than almost all of our comparators and, on balance, receive higher total compensation and benefits at NSCAD."

The 95 member union has been on strike since Friday.

With files from Meghan Groff
 




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