UWOFA asks for a 'No-Board' Report - Vol. 7 No. 12

UWOFA has asked a provincially appointed conciliator to file a “No-Board” Report with the Ministry of Labour. Conciliator Greg Long received the request October 15 following seventeen days of negotiations since June. Your bargaining team requested the report after the employer rejected a number of proposals aimed at providing more job security for contract academic staff and improved compensation for all faculty members.

“We hope the ‘No-Board’ request will help spur progress at the negotiating table,” said UWOFA president Dan Belliveau. “Faculty teaching in contract positions deserve better. Their working conditions are the learning conditions for students, and that’s why our negotiating team remains committed to pursuing a fair and equitable settlement.”

A “No-Board” request does not mean that negotiations have ended or that they have reached an impasse. Negotiating dates are scheduled for October and the parties are arranging additional dates into November.

Members of the faculty bargaining unit voted 94% in favour of giving the negotiating team a strike mandate. UWOFA anticipates being in a legal strike position by the week of November 5.

Please click here for more information about the meaning of a No Board, and stay tuned for more information about the progress of negotiations in the days to come.