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2016 Contract Negotiations

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Negotiation Update – Postdocs (PDAs and PDFs) – November 24, 2016

A tentative agreement between Western University and Postdocs (PDAs and PDFs) was reached on November 16, 2016. The two negotiation teams agreed that no other details would be released until the union membership and the Board of Governors have ratified the agreement. A ratification and voting meeting is scheduled for December 1, 2016.

Board ratifies new agreement with police special constables - June 27, 2016

The University’s Board of Governors approved a new contract with OPSEU Local 102, which represents about 12 campus police special constables. The union membership had voted May 26 to approve the contract. As part of the new agreement, the special constables will receive a salary scale increase of 1 per cent in each year of the new five-year contract, plus a market adjustment, retroactive to July 1, 2015.

Negotiation update - OPSEU Local 102 - May 20, 2016

A tentative contract agreement was reached Thursday between Western University and OPSEU Local 102, which represents about 12 campus police special constables. The two negotiation teams agreed that no other details would be released until the union membership and the Board of Governors have ratified the agreement. The contract with Local 102 expired June 30, 2015.

Negotiation update - OPSEU Local 102 - May 11, 2016

The contract between Western University and OPSEU Local 102, representing about a dozen employees in Western’s Campus Community Police Service employed as University Police Special Constables, expired on June 30, 2015. University administration and the union have met five times since August 2015 with the assistance of a conciliator and there are two mediation meetings currently scheduled for May 19 and 20.
 
On April 26, the University requested a ‘no board’ report from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, establishing 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 21 as the earliest date a strike or lockout can be called. Requests for a ‘no board’ report are not unusual in labour negotiations and either administration or the union can make the request. It does not mean a strike or lockout is inevitable and the University is committed to achieving a reasonable and responsible negotiated agreement.  Should there be a labour disruption however, Western has a responsibility to minimize its impact on the campus community. To that end, contingency planning is well underway with the safety of Western students, staff, faculty and campus visitors, and the overall security of campus, as the top priorities.
 
Western values the contribution of the Special Constables and remains hopeful an agreement can be reached.

Negotiation update - OPSEU Local 102 - May 1, 2016

Western University administration and OPSEU Local 102, representing about a dozen Campus Police Special Constables, have been in contract negotiations since August 2015.

On April 26, the administration requested a “no board” report from the Ministry of Labour. Once that report is issued, it would put the two sides in a potential strike-lockout position around mid-May. Requests for a “no board” report are not unusual in labour negotiations and either administration or the union can make the request. It also does not mean that a strike or lockout will happen.

The contract with Local 102 expired June 30, 2015. The parties have met a total of five times since August 2015 with the assistance of a conciliation officer. The university remains committed to achieving a reasonable and responsible negotiated agreement and is available to return to the table.

On Saturday, OPSEU held an information picket outside the Richmond Street gates.

Agreement ratified with PSAC Local 610 – Feb. 2, 2016

Western University’s Board of Governors has approved a new contract with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 610, representing approximately 2030 registered graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) engaged in supervised teaching-related activities across the various Faculties and Schools at the University. PSAC Local 610 members voted in favour of the agreement in a ballot that took place January 18, 2016. As part of the new agreement, PSAC Local 610 members will receive a salary scale increase of 1 per cent in each year of the new two-year contract (September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2017).

Tentative agreement reached with PSAC Local 610 - Jan. 6, 2016

Western University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 610 reached a tentative two-year agreement on January 5. PSAC Local 610 represents approximately 2030 registered graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) engaged in supervised teaching-related activities across the various Faculties and Schools at Western. 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 few weeks.

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.