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Things to consider before making flex credit allocations

November 23, 2021

The deadline for allocating your flex credits according to how you wish to use them is December 7, 2021. In considering the use of this valuable benefit, the UWOFA Pension & Benefits Committee would like to offer some reminders and suggestions.

Deadline for librarians' and archivists' Annual Report submission extended

November 15, 2021

The deadline for librarian and archivist Members to send their ARR submissions to the Chief Librarian or Dean or designate, with copy to the immediate supervisor, is now Friday, December 3, 2021.

In Memoriam: Colleagues remember Olds's sense of humour, dedication to teaching, willingness to defend just cause

September 28, 2021

Vicki worked closely and collaboratively with faculty at the affiliated colleges as well as Western in her ongoing role as course coordinator. She was also a patient mentor to a great many graduate student TAs and junior instructors who had their first teaching experiences under her supervision. The members of the teams she led spoke of her with respect and affection.

Members' children, spouse may be eligible for substantial tuition reimbursement

September 28, 2021

Subject to plan conditions, spouses and dependent children of faculty holding a regular full-time continuing appointment and librarians and archivists holding probationary or continuing appointments are eligible to receive tuition scholarships for university courses taken for credit towards a degree (undergraduate, professional or graduate) at a recognized university, national or international, for a maximum of four years full-time or equivalent (20 full-time courses).

UWOFA encourages members to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 27, 2021

UWOFA recognizes that, as university librarians, archivists, and faculty, we have a special responsibility to contribute to reconciliation by publicly acknowledging the truth of Canada's colonialist legacy of genocide against the Indigenous Peoples of this part of Turtle Island.

Annual Performance Evaluation update

September 21, 2021

Four information sessions will be held on the Annual Performance Evaluation (APE) process in light of Covid-19. The sessions will be jointly delivered by representatives from UWOFA and the administration. They will take place online on Sept. 27, Sept. 28, and Sept. 29.

Full-time Members over the age of 65 receive significant pension and benefits gains in recent settlement

September 20, 2021

In 2018, UWOFA filed two policy grievances on behalf of Members in both bargaining units, alleging age discrimination and differential benefit entitlement treatment. After three mediation dates with arbitrator Eli Gedalof, the parties reached an agreement, resulting in a Memorandum of Settlement signed on August 26, 2021.

In Memoriam: Vicki Olds

Conan Masterson & Jane Laforge

September 16, 2021

Vicki was a smart, kind and caring person who selflessly gave her time and knowledge to UWOFA for nearly 20 years. She will be sorely missed.

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.