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L&A Bargaining Bulletin Vol. 6, No. 1 – Notice Given

April 12th, 2023

As with the Faculty negotiations last year, many of the bargaining goals we have identified reflect a common theme - the systemic underfunding of our labour across campus, due to a budget model that is fundamentally broken.

UWOFA calls on the Ontario government to halt the appeals process on ruling which struck down Bill 124

March 10th, 2023

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is calling on the Ontario government to halt the appeals process and accept Justice Kuehnen’s ruling which struck down Bill 124 in November of last year.

UWOFA concerned to see masking mandate end without warning

February 8th, 2023

UWOFA is concerned that Western has abruptly terminated its mask mandate in instructional spaces.

UWOFA meeting with Employer to renegotiate pay increases – Take Action now to show your support!

December 19th, 2022

We call on members to take action and join UWOFA in urging the Employer to agree to higher compensation before the Provincial government attempts to reinstate Bill 124.

Faculty agreement is fully ratified

December 2nd, 2022

We can now report that the Faculty collective agreement 2022-26 is fully ratified.

Bill 124 struck down, UWOFA urges Ford government not to appeal

November 30th, 2022

UWOFA applauds the Ontario Court decision to strike down Bill 124, a law that limited wage increases for public sector employees.

Experiential learning

November 14th, 2022

Experiential learning is a key component of Western’s strategic plan, and they promote these learning experiences to prospective students, alumni and donors.

Strike Deadline Set for November 14, 11:59pm

November 10th, 2022

The UWOFA Board of Directors met this afternoon and has set a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m., Monday, November 14th.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin Vol. 8, No. 13

November 7th, 2022

Given the recent passage of Bill 28 which aggressively attacks workers’ rights in Ontario, good faith collective bargaining is more important than ever.

Picket Line Locations for CUPE Strike on Friday November 4

November 3rd, 2022

UWOFA stands with the CUPE education workers as they fight back against the Ontario’s government in its attempt to interfere with fair and democratic collective bargaining.

UWOFA stands with education workers in Ontario

November 1st, 2022

UWOFA stands with education workers in Ontario, represented by CUPE-OSBCU (Ontario School Board Council of Unions).

Time is running out to avert a strike

October 28th, 2022

The “No Board” report UWOFA requested last week was filed with the Ministry of Labour.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin Vol. 8, No. 12

October 24th, 2022

UWOFA requests “No Board Report”

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin Vol. 8, No. 11

October 7th, 2022

As we reported earlier in the week, we now have a strong strike authorization mandate, with a 91% YES vote.

Strike Vote Results

October 3rd, 2022

We are pleased to report that 91% of ballots cast were YES votes, in support of the UWOFA Board of Directors authorizing strike action if necessary.

Vote Yes!

September 21st, 2022

Here is all the information you need to Vote “YES” to a strike vote next week.

UWOFA calls for Strike Vote, Polls open Sept. 26th

September 20th, 2022

This week’s Bargaining Update provides an overview of negotiating progress so far and explains why we are now calling for a strike vote.

Unionization drive for GSAs and GRAs

September 19th, 2022

UWOFA strongly supports PSAC 610 in starting a unionization drive for Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs) and Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs).

Every Budget is a Choice 3.0

September 16th, 2022

We have prepared a report to outline Western’s current economic position. As you will see, Western has the money to reinvest in faculty and the academic mission, but they are choosing not to.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 9

September 9th, 2022

Welcome to the fall semester! Your Mobilization Committee and volunteers have been busy this week, connecting with students during O-Week events and the greater London community at the Labour Day picnic.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 8

August 26th, 2022

As members prepare for the fall semester and students begin to arrive on campus, your negotiating team at UWOFA is back at the bargaining table with the Employer. 

UWOFA supports Covid safety protocols on Western campus

August 24th, 2022

UWOFA supports Western’s recent announcement regarding Covid policies as we return to campus for the fall semester.

UWOFA Calls for Health Protocol Clarification

August 18th, 2022

UWOFA is still waiting for confirmation regarding the Covid health protocols.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 7

July 21st, 2022

As you know, the UWOFA Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to file a request with the Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliation officer to assist us with negotiations.

UWOFA Calls for Conciliation, Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 6

July 18th, 2022

UWOFA’s negotiating team met last Thursday and Friday with the administration's team.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 5

July 7th, 2022

Our faculty collective agreement expired on June 30th. The Employer has yet to meet with your UWOFA negotiating team to begin bargaining for a new collective agreement, although dates have been set.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 4

June 23rd, 2022

Negotiating teams from UWOFA and the Employer have agreed on meeting dates for the Indigenous faculty side table and for collective bargaining.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin, Vol. 8, No. 3

June 16th, 2022

When the Employer was not following through on its stated intention to schedule bargaining meetings, UWOFA proposed 29 half days for the parties to meet to negotiate in the period from June 13 to July 15. The Employer is only now responding to the UWOFA negotiating team’s proposal.

UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin Vol. 8, No. 2

June 10th, 2022

UWOFA has been working hard to get to the table and begin negotiations for a new faculty collective agreement. The current agreement expires on June 30th, 2022, which is coming up very soon. 

Join UWOFA in remembering Our London Family

June 6th, 2022

It has been one year since the attack that took the lives of Salman Afzaal, Madiha Salman, Talat Afzaal, and Yumna Afzaal.

UWOFA Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund

April 20th, 2022

Application for the UWOFA Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund is now open.

Your Collective Bargaining Roundup – Vol. 8, No. 1

April 19th, 2022

UWOFA has been working for several months on preparations to negotiate a new faculty collective agreement. The current agreement expires on June 30th, 2022.

UWOFA stands in solidarity with Ukraine

March 14th, 2022

UWOFA strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian regime and expresses solidarity with our Ukrainian faculty, students, staff, and all those here at Western who are affected by this conflict.

UWOFA advocates for faculty autonomy and PPE in return to campus plans

January 17th, 2022

On Friday, Jan. 14 the employer sent a notice about its return to campus plan. UWOFA acknowledges the stress and hard work of all our members and continues to advocate strongly on your behalf.

UWOFA accepting nominations for Tom Murphy Memorial Award

January 4th, 2022

UWOFA is accepting nominations for the Tom Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to UWOFA.

Faculty Times December 2021

December 18th, 2021

Collective action plays key role in academic life, Survey sheds light on needs of equity-seeking members, Apply for UWOFA's Covid Relief Fund and more.

Upcoming deadline for librarians, archivists to submit request for promotion and continuing appointment extension

December 9th, 2021

Academic librarians and archivists are reminded that the deadline for submitting a request for an extension to their promotion and continuing appointment clocks is December 31, 2021.

Deadline for librarians’ and archivists’ Annual Report submission extended

November 15th, 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.

UWOFA calls on Western to adhere to Step 3 regulations in the interest of public safety

August 31st, 2021

As the Delta variant surges and thousands of students, staff, and faculty prepare to return to campus, UWOFA calls on Western to take the following four steps in order to ensure the health and safety of the Western community.

UWO Faculty Association calls on Western to adopt Covid-19 vaccine requirement

July 20th, 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.

UWOFA condemns program, job cuts at Laurentian University

April 15th, 2021

The union representing faculty members at Western University (UWOFA) condemns unprecedented academic program and job cuts announced at Laurentian University this week, and calls on Western University administration to speak out as well.

UWOFA urges government to end restructuring process at Laurentian University

April 8th, 2021

UWOFA urges the government to end the restructuring process at Laurentian University.

UWOFA calls for Chancellor’s resignation

January 25th, 2021

The union representing faculty members at Western University is calling for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz, saying her apology for taking a holiday trip outside Canada mid-pandemic is not good enough.

Faculty Times December 2020

December 6th, 2020

Toward a stronger, more united, more engaged Association, New Letter of Understanding recognizes distinct demands placed on Indigenous faculty members, Apply for UWOFA's Covid Relief Fund and more.

Tentative agreement ratified – Vol. 7 No. 16

November 26th, 2018

The UWOFA membership has voted to ratify the tentative faculty collective agreement reached with the university administration. Members of the faculty bargaining unit voted 90 per cent in favour of the deal in a vote that closed Friday, November 23.

Ratification vote scheduled – Vol. 7 No. 15

November 16th, 2018

The UWOFA Board of Directors has recommended that the tentative faculty collective agreement reached with the administration on Friday November 9 be brought to the membership for ratification.

Tentative agreement reached

November 9th, 2018

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to announce that a tentative faculty collective agreement has been reached with the university administration.

November 7 bargaining update – Vol. 7 No. 14

November 7th, 2018

Yesterday, at this late stage in bargaining, the employer asked your negotiating team for concessions in our existing health benefits package - concessions that had not been proposed in their previous offers at the table.

It’s Time to Reinvest in Western’s Core Mission: A Bargaining Issues Update – Vol. 7 No. 8

November 6th, 2018

Western’s financial position is extremely strong, and yet the Board of Governors and administration consistently choose not to reinvest in the core mission of quality education, teaching and research. As our examination of the university's budget reveals, the university has accumulated close to $700 million in surplus over the past 9 years.

Conciliation to begin Thursday in faculty contract negotiations – Vol. 7 No. 11

October 9th, 2018

A provincially appointed conciliator, Greg Long, will join your negotiating team and the employer at the bargaining table beginning this Thursday, October 11.

Faculty vote 94% in favour of strike mandate – Vol. 7 No. 10

September 27th, 2018

The UWOFA membership has voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action to strengthen bargaining goals during faculty negotiations.

UWOFA strike vote: Frequently asked questions – Vol. 7 No. 9

September 19th, 2018

Last week, UWOFA announced that a strike vote will be held for members of the faculty Bargaining Unit. Please see below for some frequently asked questions about the strike vote process.