02/13/2014 01:48 EST | Updated 04/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Special mediator unable to resolve strike at Mount Allison University

SACKVILLE, N.B. - Mount Allison University says a special mediator was unable to help resolve a faculty strike that has gone on for more than two weeks.

Toronto-based lawyer Larry Steinberg was appointed earlier this week by the New Brunswick government to help the school and the union that represents the striking workers reach a tentative agreement.

The Mount Allison Faculty Association, which represents 154 full-time and 56 part-time faculty and librarians, says pay, pensions and benefits are at the centre of the labour dispute.

The school has said it presented contract proposals that are consistent with recent collective agreements at other universities.

It has called on the union to accept its offer to enter into binding arbitration, something the union has rejected.

The strike began Jan. 27.