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Bargaining Bulletin: Librarians & Archivists Ratification Vote Scheduled

October 16, 2019

The Librarians & Archivists negotiating committee has recommended that the tentative collective agreement reached with the administration on Monday, October 7 be brought to the membership for r

Librarians & Archivists Reach Tentative Agreement

October 7, 2019

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to announce that a tentative collective agreement for our librarians and archivists has been reached with the university adm

More Letters of Support

October 4, 2019

Below are more letters of support UWOFA has received for our librarians & archivists  

Librarians and Archivists of UWOFA head back to the bargaining table ahead of strike deadline.

September 27, 2019

UWOFA librarians and archivists will be in a legal strike position on Tuesday, October 8 at 12:01 a.m.

UWOFA Asks for a “No Board" Report

September 16, 2019

UWOFA has asked a provincially appointed conciliator to file a “No-Board” Report with the Ministry of Labour.

Conciliation begins for UWOFA-LA negotiations

September 11, 2019

As outlined in the last Bargaining Bulletin, very little progress has been made in negotiations with the employer.

Getting Louder

October 4, 2019

More than 50 people attended a rally Thursday night in support of Western Librarians and Archivists who are currently in negotiations with the university administration.

UWOFA Voices: ‘A better choice is to get up and do my part, however small that might be’

Ann Bigelow

June 24, 2019

When I stand up in the face of injustice, I know that I will be supported by my union, and for that I am very grateful. When I’m talking to my students I frequently tell them that the problems of this world are so big that they often seem unresolvable, and therefore it might feel that the best thing to do is roll over in the morning and go back to sleep, or spend hours watching Netflix. But, in my opinion, a better choice is to get up and do my part, however small that might be. I think that while it might be possible for me to make a big splash, what is more important is that I make little splashes every day.

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.