University budget cuts unnecessary during a time of financial health

April 25, 2019

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) has submitted a letter to the university Board of Governors expressing concern regarding Western’s proposed 2019-2020 operating and capital budget. UWOFA recognizes that the 10 per cent tuition reduction announced by the provincial government will have an impact on the university’s operating budget. However, Western has an undistributed investment returns balance of $303 million as of September 2018. In the fiscal year ending April 2018, Western had $131.6 million in operating surpluses and an accumulated surplus of $687 million since 2010. Western can choose not to respond to the 10 per cent tuition reduction by imposing budget cuts.

Provincial budget implications on retirement-eligible faculty members

Dan Belliveau

April 25, 2019

Last week, UWOFA informed members that Western had invited some faculty members to participate in a voluntary retirement incentive program. It is not a coincidence that this retirement incentive package has emerged on the heels of the recent provincial budget.

Message to members about Western's retirement incentive program

April 18, 2019

On Tuesday a number of UWOFA members received an invitation from Western to participate in a one-time Voluntary Retirement Incentive Window. For those who have received the invitation, UWOFA advises you to consider the offer carefully and assures you that we will make every effort to support members as they consider their offer. In addition to the resources identified by Western in the materials you have received, please feel free to consult Lina Rodriguez, UWOFA's Member Services Officer, or Cindy Cossar-Jones, UWOFA Professional Officer, with any questions you may have.

April Advocacy Update

April 15, 2019

UWOFA advocacy update for April

UWOFA donates to Scholars at Risk program

April 12, 2019

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association will donate $30,000 over the next three years to support the Western’s Scholars at Risk Committee. This financial contribution marks the second such donation since 2016, bringing the Faculty Association’s total contribution to $60,000. UWOFA members approved the donation in a recent vote.