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UWOFA Bargaining Bulletin – Vol. 8, No. 9

September 9th, 2022

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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.

Updates on Negotiations 

Four bargaining meetings have taken place over the last two weeks.

Your Negotiating Committee continues to work to achieve an agreement that delivers improvements in the key thematic areas of our goals. There has been agreement on some proposals, but because negotiations started late, we have not been able to progress as much by September as we have in the past. The Employer has not shown receptiveness to most of our proposals on Workload and those for Part-Time Faculty, and they have not yet presented a full Compensation and Benefits proposal. We are working for:

  • Fair workloads & improved job security;
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion and decolonization;
  • Recognition and reward for faculty effort;
  • Supports for faculty health and wellbeing;
  • Protections and enhancements of collegial governance and due process.

Bargaining Information Meeting

Information meetings will be held (both in-person and virtually) on Monday, September 12th, where representatives from your Board of Directors and Negotiating Committee will be available to provide a detailed update and answer questions.

Upcoming Bargaining Meetings

As was reported in the last bulletin, bargaining meetings continue to be scheduled at regular intervals into the next month:

  • September 13
  • September 15
  • September 21
  • September 23
  • September 28
  • September 29
  • October 4
  • October 5
  • October 6
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What can you do?

  • If you are currently teaching, talk to your students about bargaining. Faculty working conditions are their learning conditions, so they have a vested interest in many of our Bargaining goals. Some materials have been prepared for you to share in your classroom if you wish (a pdf or power-point slide which can be inserted in lecture materials if you use visual aids). Encourage students to follow UWOFA on social media and direct them to the student page of our website for regular updates.
  • Attend one of the Bargaining Information meetings scheduled for Monday September 12th (in person or virtually) and encourage your colleagues to attend.
  • Get in touch with UWOFA’s Communications Officer to make a short video expressing a message of support or highlighting how a particular bargaining goal impacts you personally. This video will then be posted to social media.
  • If you want to get involved in building support for UWOFA bargaining goals, please contact Mobilization Chair, David Heap.