Bargaining Bulletins - Faculty

UWOFA asks for a 'No-Board' Report

October 16, 2018

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.

Conciliation to begin Thursday in faculty contract negotiations - Vol. 7 No. 11

October 9, 2018

A provincially appointed conciliator, Greg Long, will join your negotiating team and the employer at the bargaining table beginning this Thursday, October 11. Additional conciliation dates have been scheduled for October 12 and 15.

Faculty vote 94% in favour of strike mandate - Vol. 7 No. 10

September 27, 2018

The UWOFA membership has voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action to strengthen bargaining goals during faculty negotiations. Thank you for your overwhelming support. Your strong expression of support for your negotiating team will empower them to work toward the best contract possible as we enter conciliation in October.

UWOFA strike vote: Frequently asked questions - Vol. 7 No. 9

September 19, 2018

Last week, UWOFA announced that a strike vote will be held for members of the faculty Bargaining Unit. Please see below for some frequently asked questions about the strike vote process. For more details about the process and, most importantly, the issues that remain on the table, please plan to attend a Bargaining Unit meeting on Thursday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Law Building, Room 52.

The Issues - Vol. 7 No. 8

September 17, 2018

Western is in an extremely strong financial position. The university’s 2017 financial statements report a $139.9-million surplus for the past fiscal year. Standard and Poor’s recently affirmed Western’s AA credit rating, noting the university’s “high levels of cash and available financial resources.” According to the rating agency, given its “independence with regard to ownership and operations”, Western’s “financial assets are sufficient such that it would likely not default on its obligations under a provincial stress scenario in which all government funding was temporarily disrupted”.

UWOFA and the employer jointly file for conciliation - Vol. 7 No. 6

September 6, 2018

As you know, UWOFA and the employer jointly filed a request to appoint a conciliation officer with the Ministry of Labour on Friday, August 30 in an attempt to bridge remaining differences at the table in negotiations for a new collective agreement for the faculty bargaining unit.

Negotiations pause for summer break - Vol. 7, No.5

July 20, 2018

Negotiations with the administration to reach a new faculty collective agreement have continued to move forward since we last updated you in June.

Discontinuing the inappropriate use of student questionnaires on courses and teaching - Vol. 7, No.4

July 11, 2018

Discontinuing the use of student questionnaires on courses and teaching for personnel decisions such as promotion, tenure, annual review and hiring is one of UWOFA’s goals during this round of faculty collective bargaining.

Faculty collective bargaining begins - Vol. 7, No. 3

June 8, 2018

Faculty collective bargaining began on Wednesday, June 6, with your UWOFA negotiating committee meeting with the Administration's representatives for several hours to exchange initial proposals.