April Advocacy Update

UWOFA has been involved with...

Employee Assistance Plan advocacy

Western is considering a new provider for its Employee Assistance Plan and is currently reviewing proposals. UWOFA president Dan Belliveau sent a letter to the administration supporting Thames Valley Family Services, the university's current Employee Assistance Plan provider. Thames Valley Family Services is a locally run non-profit organization that faculty colleagues have noted provides excellent care. The Employee Assistance Plan provides support for emotional well-being and addictions, child and elder care resources, and other services.

Support for Scholars at Risk

UWOFA members have approved an additional $30,000 donation over three years to the Scholars at Risk program at Western. This marks the second $30,000 donation by UWOFA since 2016. Scholars at Risk is an international network of postsecondary institutions whose mission is to protect scholars under threat due to the nature of their research and ideas. Western is a member of the Canadian section of Scholars at Risk and has hosted four scholars.

UWOFA is working on...

Negotiations for librarians and archivists

Preparations to negotiate a new Librarians and Archivists Collective Agreement are well underway. Librarians and archivists recently ratified their bargaining goals and UWOFA has given the employer its notice to bargain. Negotiations are anticipated to begin later this spring. Read the latest Bargaining Bulletin here.

Reminders

  • Contract faculty members of UWOFA are invited to apply for UWOFA's Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund. The application deadline is Friday, April 26 by 4 p.m. More information, including the application form, is available here.
  • UWOFA members are reminded that under the Collective Agreement they have until April 30, 2019 to request a meeting with their Dean to discuss their Annual Performance Evaluation.
  • Members who want to be considered for promotion and tenure are encouraged to read UWOFA's Promotion and Tenure Process Tips, available here.
  • Probationary members with questions or concerns about their annual interview meeting, also known as a probationary meeting, can contact Lina Rodriguez, UWOFA's Member Services Officer, at uwofamso [at] uwo [dot] ca or extension 86218.