Bargaining Bulletin: Librarians and Archivists Step Away from Bargaining Table until Conciliation

On the recommendation of your Librarians and Archivists’ negotiation team, we have stepped away from bargaining and have cancelled meetings scheduled for August 30th and September 3rd as the Employer has shown an unwillingness to make any reasonable proposals.

As outlined in the last Bargaining Bulletin, very little progress has been made at the table on the significant issues including, complement, workload, workspace, governance, and compensation and benefits.

Greg Long, a provincially appointed conciliator who also served as conciliator during faculty negotiations last fall, will join your negotiating team and the administration at the bargaining table in mid-September. If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement, the conciliator could file a “no board” report with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, 17 days after which a lockout or strike is legally possible.

“A 97 percent strike vote is an overwhelming mandate for our bargaining team and I hope the Employer takes this as a sign that it’s time to come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer,” said Johanna Westar, who is leading negotiations for the union.

UWOFA remains hopeful that a fair and equitable settlement can be reached through the conciliation process.

Stay tuned for updates via additional Bargaining Bulletins in the weeks to come.