I've received an offer that I'm likely to take in Canada, and I get the strong sense that the department expects me not to negotiate at all. The salary is in the low 80's (pretty good starting salary in Canada), but there is only $2000 start-up fund and no teaching release for new faculty (as per the collective agreement). I talked to the SC yesterday who said that I would be eligible to apply for the annual $8000 start-up and that the $2000 is just a top-up for new faculty (and this amounts to a pretty good start-up for I/O). The SC promised that the school is a very supportive environment where if I need resources for a certain project, they will be sure to find them for me. My own supervisor said that the salary and start-up seem good and the teaching release may be a dead issue as per the collective agreement so I may as well not bother negotiating.
Soooo…is this really a situation where I should not negotiate at all? Most advice I've read suggests that you should always negotiate, as the initial offer will always be low. But now I'm confused by my supervisor's advice. Any thoughts or similar experiences out there?