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2014 Contract Negotiations

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UWOFA sets strike vote dates for faculty – Oct. 14

Western’s Faculty Association (UWOFA) is holding a strike vote Oct. 20-24.

Holding a strike vote is a normal step in the collective bargaining process. A successful strike vote does not necessarily mean there will be a strike, but it would put UWOFA 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 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

Talks between UWOFA and Western's administration are planned for today (Oct. 14) and Oct. 27. Two meetings are scheduled with the assistance of a Labour Board Conciliation Officer on Oct. 29 and 31. Further bargaining dates in November have been set, in the event they are needed.

UWOFA represents 1,627 faculty members of whom 1,032 are full-time probationary or tenured, 202 are full-time limited-term, and 393 are part-time.

Western’s contract UWOFA expired June 30 and the University and UWOFA have been in collective bargaining since mid-May. In this time, there have been 28 meetings and tentative agreement has been reached on a number of issues.

The University remains fully committed to reaching an agreement at the table that is both reasonable and responsible, considering the economic constraints currently facing Ontario post-secondary institutions.

Conciliator named for negotiations with UWOFA – Oct. 6

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has named Greg Long as the conciliator to meet with representatives from Western and the University’s Faculty Association (UWOFA) and assist with negotiations.

On Sept. 16, UWOFA filed an application with the Ministry, asking that a conciliator be appointed to assist with contract negotiations, a common practice in University sector labour negotiations. Conciliation is a process through which either a union or employer can apply to the Ministry of Labour for help in resolving differences between the two parties so they can reach a collective agreement.

UWOFA represents 1,627 faculty members of whom 1,032 are full-time probationary or tenured, 202 are full-time limited-term, and 393 are part-time.

Western’s contract with the Faculty Association (UWOFA) expired June 30 and the University and UWOFA have been in collective bargaining since mid-May. In this time, there have been more than 25 meetings and tentative agreement has been reached on a number of issues.  

Conciliation dates have been set for Oct. 29 and 31. In the meantime, negotiations are continuing with several dates scheduled for this month.

The University is optimistic a negotiated settlement can be reached with UWOFA that is both reasonable and responsible, given the economic constraints currently facing Ontario post-secondary institutions.

Faculty Association requests conciliation – Sept. 22

Western’s contract with the Faculty Association (UWOFA) expired June 30 and the University and UWOFA have been in collective bargaining since May 22. In this time, there have been 24 meetings and tentative agreement has been reached on a number of issues.  

UWOFA represents 1,627 faculty members of whom 1,032 are full-time probationary or tenured, 202 are full-time limited-term, and 393 are part-time. 

On Sept. 16, UWOFA 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. 

Multiple bargaining dates have been scheduled in September and October, and the University is optimistic a negotiated settlement can be reached with UWOFA that is both reasonable and responsible, given the economic constraints currently facing Ontario post-secondary institutions.

Board approves new CUPE Local 2692 collective agreement - Aug. 22, 2014

Western's Board of Governors approved a new four-year collective agreement Thursday with CUPE Local 2692, which represents approximately 630 hospitality service workers.

At a union meeting, Aug. 6, the employees voted 99 percent in favour of ratifying Western’s contract offer. These employees work as food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, and chefs. Their contract expired June 30.

The agreement provides the employees with annual increases of 1.25 percent in the first year and one percent in each subsequent year of the agreement.

Update on Western, Hospitality Services negotiations - July 31, 2014

Western University and CUPE Local 2692, which represents approximately 630 hospitality service workers, reached a tentative contract agreement Thursday, July 31, 2014.

The negotiating teams have agreed to recommend the tentative agreement to their respective parties and to keep the terms of the settlement confidential until ratification by members and the Board of Governors is complete. Local 2692 has scheduled a meeting for Aug. 6, 8 p.m. at the Labatt Health Science building. The Board of Governors next scheduled meeting is Sept. 23.

The union represents food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons. Their contract expired June 30.

Update on Western, Hospitality Services negotiations - July 31, 2014

Negotiations between Western University and CUPE Local 2692 are scheduled to resume today, July 31. The union represents approximately 630 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department.

On July 22, at the request of the University, The Ontario Ministry of Labour issued a ‘no board’ report, establishing August 8 as the earliest date that a strike or lockout can be called.

CUPE Local 2692 is holding an information meeting for its members on August 6 at 8 p.m. (Labatt Health Sciences Building).

"The University values the contribution of these employees, who are an important part of the Western student experience, and we remain hopeful today's negotiations will bring us closer to an agreement,” says Helen Connell, Western’s Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs. “However, the University has a responsibility to ensure we meet the needs of our campus community, particularly the more than 5,000 new students coming in to our residences. To that end, contingency planning is well underway.

”The contract with the hospitality workers expired June 30, 2014 and negotiations to reach a new agreement began May 26, 2014.

Update on Western, Hospitality Services negotiations - July 17, 2014

Western requested on Tuesday that the Ontario Ministry of Labour issue a ‘no board’ report in relation to negotiations between the University and CUPE Local 2692, which represents approximately 630 hospitality workers.The request for the no board report means 17 days after it is issued, a legal strike, or lockout, can be called. The 630 unionized employees work as food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks and chefs in Western’s Hospitality Services department. The union has called a membership meeting for early August.“Western values the contribution of these employees and the administration is fully committed to achieving a negotiated settlement,” said Helen Connell, associate vice-president, Communications and Public Affairs.Connell said, while the university is willing to return to the negotiations table at any time, contingency planning is underway should there be a labour disruption.The contract with the hospitality workers expired June 30 and negotiations to reach a new agreement began May 26.

Food Services Negotiations update – July 4, 2014

Negotiations between Western University and CUPE Local 2692 are underway. The union represents 629 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department. The two sides met on May 26 and June 5. At the request of the union, the two sides will meet with a conciliator on July 10. The union’s last collective agreement expired on June 30, 2014.