Reflecting on the nature of academic librarian and archivist work

Marni Harrington

March 21, 2019

As Western’s 43 librarians and archivists prepare for collective bargaining in the spring, it’s an ideal time to reflect on the nature and importance of librarian and archivist labour in our academic environment.

Librarians an archivists go to the bargaining table

Johanna Weststar

March 21, 2019

With the Collective Agreement expiring on June 30, 2019, members of the librarians and archivists (LA) bargaining unit and the UWOFA Board have already been hard at work. The negotiating team and the Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) were formed over the summer and have been meeting monthly since September.

Western Libraries Re-Organization

Kristin Hoffmann

March 21, 2019

Planning this re-organization took several years, but we have not yet heard how the new structure will be evaluated. In the meantime, UWOFA continues to listen to the concerns of members in Western Libraries and work hard to protect our interests, and my colleagues and I continue to fulfil our duties while monitoring our ever-expanding workload. 

Interview: Jeff Tennant & Johanna Weststar

Vanessa Brown

March 21, 2019

Jeff Tennant and Johanna Weststar, UWOFA's chief negotiator and deputy chief negotiator during faculty negotiations, reflect on the latest round of contract negotiations.

President's Column: We're stronger together

Dan Belliveau

March 21, 2019

It was a most satisfying example of shared resolve on Nov. 9 when I wrote to you at 2:02 AM saying, “I am very pleased to announce that a tentative faculty collective agreement has been reached with the university administration”. We were two hours into a legal strike position. The negotiating team had met with the administration on 25 separate occasions before that agreement was signed.