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UWOFA supports OCUFA’s legal challenge to Ford government’s attack on workers’ rights

John Ciriello, President

January 13, 2020

At a recent emergency meeting of the Board of Directors of OCUFA, OCUFA entertained the possibility of either joining the OFL coalition, launching an independent challenge, not getting involved in a challenge, or intervene in one of the ongoing challenges. After considerable discussion, OCUFA introduced a motion and seconded by UWOFA that allows OCUFA to join the OFL coalition in launching a Charter challenge. UWOFA stands with OCUFA to defend the principle and the right to free and fair collective bargaining. All 17,000 OCUFA members are impacted by the introduction of this Act, and the Act has already affected the collective bargaining process with the UWOFA Librarians and Archivists who were stymied in their collective bargaining process this past fall.

UWOFA's Position on the Strategic Mandate Agreement 3

John Ciriello, President

January 13, 2020

With the new year, Ontario universities begin the final year of the second phase of the province’s strategic mandate agreement. This second phase, or SMA2, runs from 2017 to 2020 and is part of a three-phased process which began with the implementation of phase 1 (2014 to 2017). The initiative is championed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and has been agreed to by 21 Ontario universities with the stated aim of “promoting student success and institutional excellence.” The agreements are aimed at encouraging “institutions to work with the government to help build a highly skilled workforce and also put an emphasis on collaboration and openness. They focus on each institution’s strengths to enhance quality and outcomes, as well as planned enrolment growth and financial sustainability.”

Bargaining Bulletin: A Collective Agreement

November 26, 2019

The UWOFA Librarians and Archivists began negotiations for a new contract almost seven months ago; and with a lot of hard work, and the support of the faculty and our friends, they have successfull

Bargaining Bulletin: Librarians and Archivists Ratify Agreement with Western Administration

November 4, 2019

The UWOFA librarian and archivist membership has voted to ratify the tentative collective agreement reached with the university administration.

Bargaining Bulletin: New Tentative Agreement Reached

October 28, 2019

A new tentative agreement has been signed with the Employer and a joint press release has been

Librarians and Archivists of UWOFA return to the bargaining table

October 25, 2019

The Librarians & Archivists negotiating committee brought a proposal to the administration this morning.

Western Librarians & Archivists Reject Deal

October 22, 2019

The UWOFA librarian and archivist membership has voted to reject the tentative collective agreement that was reached with the university administration on October 7.

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 ratification.

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 administration.