UWOFA Voices: 'It feels right to work toward better stewardship'

Ben Rubin

June 17, 2019

In his graduate course, Forest Decline Concepts, Dr. Manion asked us “How much tree mortality is normal in a forest and how can you know when and where that baseline level is exceeded?” I took the question to heart and started as his graduate student to trek through the woods, measure thousands of trees, read papers, and sweat through analyzing data. At forest pathology conferences I took pride in knowing that our lab dealt with big picture questions and the health of the forest, while most presentations I heard were about maladies of individual trees.  Predictably, when I reflect on my past mindset now, I am most struck by my own myopia. I wanted a professorial career based solely on a love of science and was naïve to the workings of the precarious academy that houses science.  It never occurred to me that, as a professor, I’d want to work to support my labour union.

UWOFA-LA collective bargaining has begun. Now what? Vol. 5, No. 4

June 14, 2019

Your UWOFA-LA negotiating team, led by chief negotiator Johanna Weststar (DAN Department of Management & Organizational Studies), began negotiating a new collective agreement for librarians and archivists on Tuesday, June 11. Several half-day sessions are scheduled with the employer this month before bargaining pauses in July until mid-August. The current four-year contract expires June 30, 2019.

OCUFA statement on public sector wage restraint legislation

June 12, 2019

Ontario faculty are deeply concerned by the Ford government's attempt to cap public sector compensation increases at one per cent per year. This legislation represents an attack on the right to free and fair collective bargaining, a threat to pay equity and benefits for contract faculty and other marginalized workers, and an erosion of the foundations of Ontario's important public services.

Q&A with Johanna Weststar and Kristin Hoffmann

June 3, 2019

Librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario are to begin collective bargaining this month. As UWOFA gears up for its next round of negotiations, Johanna Weststar and Kristin Hoffmann, chief negotiator and deputy chief negotiator, sat down to discuss what librarians and archivists hope to achieve in the next Collective Agreement.

Employer's delay makes streamlined bargaining impossible - Vol. 5, No. 3

May 29, 2019

Your negotiating team will bargain as usual this round after the administration informed us they could not come to the table in time to reach a streamlined deal before wage restraint legislation is introduced by the provincial government.