UWOFA Asks for a “No Board" Report

UWOFA has asked a provincially appointed conciliator to file a “No-Board” Report with the Ministry of Labour. Conciliator Greg Long received the request September 13 following 16 days of negotiations since May. UWOFA requested the report after our negotiating team presented the employer with a package of proposals that showed significant movement on our part. The employer rejected the package outright, explicitly reaffirming its desire to practice “tight fiscal constraint” in order to set a precedent for all other employee groups on campus.

“Our librarians and archivists deserve better”, said UWOFA President, John Ciriello. “UWOFA believes that thoughtful, comprehensive investment in the highly skilled people who staff our library system can only improve the quality of education and research at Western overall. Our negotiating team remains committed to pursuing a fair and equitable settlement, and it is our hope that this ‘No-Board’ request will help spur progress at the negotiating table.”

A “No-Board” request does not mean that negotiations have ended and the two sides continue to meet. Please visit https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/lr/faqs/lr_faq2.php for more information about the meaning of a “No Board.”

Members of the bargaining unit voted 97% in favour of giving the negotiating team a strike mandate. UWOFA anticipates being in a legal strike position by the week of October 7.

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