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OCUFA Report - What might the 2018 Ontario budget mean for university faculty?

April 24, 2018

While the continued implementation of reforms to student assistance in this year's budget are expected to further improve access for students, faculty are concerned that operating funding for universities remains stagnant, threatening the high-quality education students expect and deserve.

Reminder: Contract faculty research and professional development fund applications due

April 17, 2018

Contract faculty members of UWOFA are invited to apply for UWOFA's Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund. Applications are on Friday, April 20, 2018 by 4 pm.

UWOFA members celebrate 20 years since certifying as a labour union

April 13, 2018

UWOFA certified as a union representing faculty members at Western on May 26, 1998. Certification is a significant event in the life of a union; it legally formalizes the collective bargaining relationship between the employer and employees, shifting and democratizing power relations in a workplace. UWOFA's certification is one of the most significant events in its 63-year history.

UWOFA statement on graduate teaching assistants negotiations with Western

Stephen Pitel

April 9, 2018

UWOFA statement on graduate teaching assistants negotiations with Western

Ontarians believe fair university workplaces are key to high quality education

April 4, 2018

The majority of respondents to a new poll commissioned by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) support policy measures that would address precarious academic work and ensure fairness for contract faculty members.

Information for UWOFA members regarding Graduate Teaching Assistants bargaining

Stephen Pitel

April 3, 2018

It is possible that Western's Graduate Teaching Assistants will be on strike or locked out on or shortly after April 13, 2018. In the meantime, UWOFA continues to encourage negotiations. UWOFA has publicly pledged its support for PSAC Local 610 which represents the GTAs. UWOFA has also called on Western's administration to reach a fair and equitable agreement with the GTAs, especially on the issue of compensation.

UWOFA Holiday Schedule

March 29, 2018

The UWOFA office will be closed for the Easter holiday on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2. Staff will return to work on Tuesday, April 3.

OCUFA statement on provincial budget calls out lack of additional funding for post-secondary education

March 29, 2018

The Ontario Confederation of University Teachers (OCUFA) released the following statement on the provincial budget unveiled Wednesday, March 28.

UWOFA to participate in OCUFA press conference on precarious work

March 29, 2018

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) commissioned a public opinion poll exploring perceptions of precarious work on university campuses and its impact on education quality.