2015 Contract Negotiations

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Board ratifies new collective agreement with Librarians & Archivists - Nov. 27, 2015

Yesterday, Western’s Board of Governors approved a new four-year contract (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019) with UWOFA-LA, a union representing 49 Librarians and Archivists at the University. UWOFA-LA members voted 86 per cent in favour of the agreement in balloting that closed November 13.

Tentative agreement reached with UWOFA-LA – Nov. 9, 2015

Western University and UWOFA-LA, a union representing 49 Librarians and Archivists at Western, reached a tentative agreement on November 6. Details of the agreement will not be released until after the agreement has been ratified by the Association and Western’s Board of Governors. A ratification vote by UWOFA-LA members will be scheduled shortly.

Negotiations with OPSEU Local 102 continue - Nov. 3, 2015

Negotiations between Western and OPSEU Local 102, which represents 11 members of the University’s special police constables, are continuing. The two parties met August 11 and October 14 with the assistance of a Conciliator and future meetings are scheduled for November 10 and December 9. At the request of the University, the Ontario Labour Board appointed a conciliator to assist the parties to reach an agreement. The contract with Local 102 expired June 30, 2015.

Negotiations with PSAC Local 610 underway – Nov. 2, 2015

Negotiations are underway between Western University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 610, which represents approximately 2030 registered graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) engaged in supervised teaching-related activities across the various Faculties and Schools at Western. The first meeting took place October 7 and additional meetings are scheduled for November 3, 6, 20 and December 2 and 9. The contract with PSAC Local 610 expired on August 31, 2015.

Librarians and Archivists support strike mandate - Oct. 27, 2015

UWOFA-LA, a union representing 49 Librarians and Archivists at Western University, held a strike vote Oct. 21 and 22, with 98% of those members voting supporting a strike mandate.Western’s contract with UWOFA-LA expired June 30, 2015. There have been 23 meetings to date and tentative agreement has been reached on a number of issues. A conciliator is scheduled to attend on October 27, and further bargaining dates are scheduled into November. As requested by UWOFA-LA, a conciliator was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to assist in negotiations between the union and the University, a common practice in labour negotiations. Western remains hopeful a fair and responsible agreement can be achieved.

More information on the collective bargaining process can be found at www.uwo.ca/faculty_staff/negotiations/faqs.html.

UWOFA-LA sets strike vote dates for Librarians and Archivists - Oct. 18, 2015

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA-LA), representing 49 Librarians and Archivists at Western, is holding a strike vote Oct. 21 and 22.

Holding a strike vote is a step commonly taken in the collective bargaining process. A successful strike vote does not necessarily mean there will be a strike, but it would put UWOFA-LA in a position to call a strike without further consultation with its members if the Ontario Ministry of Labour issues a ‘no board’ report. Both UWOFA-LA and the University can request a ‘no board’ report be issued as part of the conciliation process. Information on the collective bargaining process can be found at www.uwo.ca/faculty_staff/negotiations/faqs.html

Bargaining continues through October, and a Ministry of Labour Conciliator appointed to assist in the negotiations will attend on October 27 and 30. Western’s contract with UWOFA-LA  expired June 30, 2015 and negotiations to date has resulted in tentative agreement on a number of issues. The University looks forward to achieving a fair and responsible agreement.

Bargaining continues with Librarians and Archivists - Oct. 9, 2015

As requested by the union, a conciliator has been appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour to assist in negotiations between UWOFA-LA and Western University, a common practice in University sector labour negotiations.

Western’s contract with UWOFA-LA (affecting 49 Librarians and Archivists) expired June 30, 2015. There have been 21 meetings to date and tentative agreement has been reached on a number of issues.  Bargaining dates have been scheduled throughout October, with the conciliator scheduled to attend October 27 and 30. The University looks forward to achieving a fair and responsible agreement.

Librarians and Archivists request conciliation

On September 14, UWOFA-LA filed an application with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, asking that a conciliator be appointed to assist with contract negotiations, a common practice in University sector labour negotiations.

Western’s contract with UWOFA-LA (affecting 49 Librarians and Archivists) expired June 30, 2015. There have been 15 meetings to date and tentative agreement has been reached on a number of issues.  Bargaining dates have been scheduled in September and October and the University looks forward to reaching a fair and responsible agreement.

Dates set for Negotiations with OPSEU 102 - July 23, 2015

Negotiations between Western and OPSEU Local 102, which represents 11 members of the University’s special police constables, are slated to begin Aug. 11 and 14 with the assistance of a Conciliator. At the request of the University, the Ontario Labour Board has appointed a conciliator to assist the two sides to reach an agreement. The contract with Local 102 expired June 30. 

Board ratifies new collective agreement with Operating Engineers – June 25, 2015

Today Western’s Board of Governors approved a new five-year contract with International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), which represents 13 Operating Engineers engaged primarily in Western’s main power and remote stations. The members of Local 772 had ratified the agreement June 23. The agreement provides for a one per cent increase in the base salary for each of the five years of the contract. Negotiations started in May and the agreement was reached without the assistance of a provincially-appointed conciliator.

Tentative agreement reached with IUOE - June 13, 2015

Western University and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) reached a tentative five-year agreement Thursday. IUOE Local 772 represents the 13 Operating Engineers engaged primarily in Western’s main power plant and remote stations.  The agreement still needs to be ratified by both the union membership and Western’s Board of Governors and that process is expected to take place in the next two week.