Unity Group at Western University advocates for decent work during Fair Employment Week

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Unity Group at Western University advocates for decent work during Fair Employment Week

(London, Ont.) - Unionized employees at Western University will gather together at an upcoming event on campus to advocate for decent working conditions during Fair Employment Week.

The advocacy event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Law Building, Room 44 from 11am - 1pm. Join us for music and lunch and hear from representatives across campus about different employment issues. The employee groups involved are faculty, librarians, archivists, staff, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and facilities management workers.

"We are very excited that these unions are coming together in support of fair employment," said UWOFA president Stephen G.A. Pitel. "This event is timely for many reasons, one of which is the strike by Ontario's college faculty members currently underway, because fairness in employment is front and centre as an issue in that dispute. Across Ontario we must strive to replace precarious jobs with secure jobs."

The event will draw attention to the proposed provincial Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. We are urging Members of Provincial Parliament to vote in favour of the Bill, which includes a minimum wage increase to $15 in 2019, equal pay provisions for part-time employees doing the same work as their full-time counterparts, fairer scheduling, and rights for all workers to join a union without threat of reprisal.

"The Society of Graduate Students represents unionized and non-unionized workers, so we support legislation aimed at creating fair working conditions for all," said Mary Blake Bonn, president of the Society of Graduate Students.

"A $14-$15 minimum wage should allow many Ontarians to meet, or come closer to meeting, their basic needs," said Shannon Potter, president of PSAC 610 which represents postdoctoral researchers at Western. "On our campus, teaching assistants and postdocs continue to demand fairness: standard benefits, fair pay and no salary reductions."

"UWOSA stands with our brother and sister unions on campus in support of fair employment for all employees at Western," said Meg Perinpanayagam, president of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association.

Contact: Stephen Pitel, UWOFA president
                 519-661-2111 Ext. 87965
                 
uwofa [at] uwo [dot] ca