Bargaining Bulletins - Faculty

Tentative agreement ratified - Vol. 7 No. 16

November 26, 2018

The UWOFA membership has voted to ratify the tentative faculty collective agreement reached with the university administration. Members of the faculty bargaining unit voted 90 per cent in favour of the deal in a vote that closed Friday, November 23.

Ratification vote scheduled - Vol. 7 No. 15

November 16, 2018

The UWOFA Board of Directors has recommended that the tentative faculty collective agreement reached with the administration on Friday November 9 be brought to the membership for ratification.

Tentative Agreement Reached

November 9, 2018

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to announce that a tentative faculty collective agreement has been reached with the university administration. 

November 7 Bargaining Update - Vol. 7 No. 14

November 7, 2018

Yesterday, at this late stage in bargaining, the employer asked your negotiating team for concessions in our existing health benefits package - concessions that had not been proposed in their previous offers at the table.

It's Time to Reinvest in Western's Core Mission: A Bargaining Issues Update - Vol. 7 No. 8

November 6, 2018

Western’s financial position is extremely strong, and yet the Board of Governors and administration consistently choose not to reinvest in the core mission of quality education, teaching and research. As our examination of the university's budget reveals, the university has accumulated close to $700 million in surplus over the past 9 years. It recently completed a fund-raising campaign that raised over $800 million. Student tuition has been rising steadily over the past 5 years. In February of 2018, Standard and Poor's affirmed Western’s AA credit rating, noting the university’s “high levels of cash and available financial resources.” According to the rating agency, 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”.

Strike FAQ for students

November 2, 2018

No one wants a strike at Western. UWOFA is working as hard as we can to avoid one. We know talk of a strike causes students a lot of anxiety, so we’ve prepared a set of answers to frequently asked questions here.

UWOFA heads back to the bargaining table in advance of strike deadline - Vol. 7 No. 13

October 29, 2018

A “No Board” Report has been filed with the Ontario Ministry of Labour by provincially appointed conciliator Greg Long. The UWOFA faculty bargaining unit will be in a legal strike position on Friday November 9 at 12:01 a.m., and UWOFA’s Executive Committee has established this date as our firm strike deadline. 

Strike FAQ for members

October 28, 2018

These guidelines represent policy adopted by the UWOFA Board of Directors; they represent what your Board is expecting of all Bargaining Unit members. The decision to honour or break a strike is the individual’s own. This is something that neither the Association nor the Administration can decide for you.

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

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.