News

UWOFA stands with survivors of gender-based violence

September 16, 2021

UWOFA was shocked and saddened to hear reports of multiple sexual assaults and gender-based violence that occurred on campus during Orientation Week. We stand in solidarity with the survivors, and all students struggling to cope in the aftermath of these horrifying acts.

Watch UWOFA Talks panel series videos

September 10, 2021

Two UWOFA Talks events were held this week in support of the union's recent call for the university to adhere to provincial Step 3 Covid-19 regulations regarding physical distancing for in-person learning.

UWOFA mourns the death of former President Daniel Belliveau

Stephen Pitel

August 30, 2021

Dan Belliveau was not just UWOFA's President. He was one of its leading supporters, not merely in the sense of being enthusiastic and committed to its objectives and success but in the sense of holding it together and making it strong. UWOFA members are deeply saddened by the untimely death of their dear friend.

In Memoriam: Daniel J. Belliveau

Jennifer Irwin

August 30, 2021

Warm of heart and cool under pressure. Calm competence. Beloved. So beloved was Dr. Daniel J. Belliveau. Dan was many things to many people.

In Memoriam: Archibald Young

Jane Toswell

August 25, 2021

Archie Young served as UWOFA president in 1993-1994. He was one of a half dozen members of the Department of English to serve in that capacity, but he brought to the post a particular interest in university governance. Archie was also a dedicated and thoughtful teacher of Renaissance literature, focusing on poetry and theology.

UWOFA members' vaccine mandate advocacy leads to policy change

August 12, 2021

UWOFA is gratified that the administration has finally done the right thing, and we want to thank all UWOFA members for your hard work over the past three weeks advocating for this important public health measure.

Update on the Annual Report and Review (ARR) process for librarians and archivists

July 29, 2021

UWOFA and the employer are recommending the creation of a small working group to review the Annual Performance Evaluation report and translate the recommendations for the Librarian and Archivist context.

UWOFA calls on Western to adopt Covid-19 vaccine mandate

July 20, 2021

In light of the announcement Monday by the provincial government about a normal return to campus in September, UWOFA calls on Western university administration to require all eligible students, staff, faculty, librarians and archivists to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus, acknowledging that some may be exempt for medical or religious reasons.

Joint Administration/Association Statement on Changes to Annual Performance Evaluation Processes to Address the Impact of Covid-19

July 15, 2021

A Joint Working Group composed of members of Western Administration and the Faculty Association has recommended changes to Annual Performance Evaluation (“APE”) processes affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the enactment of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (“EMCPA”) in 2020 and 2021. These changes will be implemented over the coming months in advance of the November 15 deadline for submission of Annual Reports.