Faculty (UWOFA)

Board ratifies UWOFA collective agreement – Nov. 29, 2018

Today, Western's Board of Governors ratified a new four-year collective agreement with the University’s Faculty Association (UWOFA) – which represents about 1,564 faculty members, of whom 1,001 are full-time probationary or tenured, 255 are full-time limited-term and 308 are part-time.

The agreement was ratified by 90 per cent of UWOFA members during voting between Nov. 22 and Nov. 23.

“We are pleased to have ratified a new contract with UWOFA, and I commend the commitment and collegiality demonstrated by negotiators for both sides throughout several months of bargaining and discussions,” said Andrew Hrymak, Provost and Vice-President (Academic). “This agreement recognizes the critical roles our faculty play at Western – in research, leadership and students’ learning – while reflecting the current academic environment in Ontario. We look forward to building on this renewed commitment to excellence.”

As part of the new agreement, UWOFA members will receive a salary scale increase of 1.5 per cent in each of the first three years of the agreement and 1.75 per cent in the remaining year. UWOFA’s last agreement expired June 30, 2018.

2:05 a.m. Nov. 9 - Tentative agreement reached with UWOFA

Western University and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) have reached a tentative agreement.

The tentative deal means there will be no strike. All services including classes, labs, tutorials and research continue as normal.

Following negotiations that began in June, through a marathon session on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning, UWOFA is recommending its members ratify the tentative agreement. Members will receive notification in the near future of dates and times for ratification votes.

If faculty ratify the deal, Western's Board of Governors would then vote on it at the Board of Governors meeting in late November.

Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed publicly until after ratification.

UWOFA represents about 1,650 full- and part-time faculty members at Western.

12:05 a.m., Nov. 9 - Talks with UWOFA continue past deadline

Western University and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) are continuing negotiations to reach a new collective agreement, past the deadline of Nov. 9 at 12:01 a.m. UWOFA is now in a legal strike position; however, talks continue, and no strike has begun.

As new information becomes available, it will be posted here, along with answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and on Western’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

11:05 p.m. Nov. 8 – Western/UWOFA Update, new FAQs

Negotiations are continuing this hour to reach a contract agreement with, and to avoid a strike by, members of Western’s Faculty Association (UWOFA). Western and UWOFA negotiators have been meeting throughout much of the day to come to an agreement as the deadline approaches for a possible faculty strike that could begin as early as Nov. 9 at 12:01 a.m.

Western has posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions that pertain to the talks and the potential for strike.

Updates will continue to be posted to this page, and significant updates to Western’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

As of this time, all services and operations at Western University continue as normal.

7:05 p.m., Nov. 8 – Western/UWOFA Update, talks continue

Negotiations are continuing this hour to reach a contract agreement with, and to avoid a strike by, members of Western’s Faculty Association (UWOFA). Western and UWOFA negotiators have been meeting throughout much of the day to come to an agreement as the deadline approaches for a possible faculty strike that could begin as early as Nov. 9 at 12:01 a.m.

Students, staff and visitors should look for major updates to be posted to the negotiations website (where they can also find answers to Frequently Asked Questions), and updates will also be posted on Western’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Be advised that, as of this time, all services and operations at Western University continue as normal.

Negotiations update – Nov. 7

Contract negotiations with UWOFA continued late into the evening on Wednesday, as both Western and the faculty union worked towards agreement on a new contract.

Progress is being made, and talks are scheduled to resume Thursday.

UWOFA has set a strike deadline of Friday, Nov. 9 at 12:01 a.m.

Further updates will be posted on this site.

Talks continue with UWOFA – update, Nov. 5

The University is in negotiations to achieve a collective agreement with UWOFA.  Both sides have been working diligently to reach a settlement. There have been more than 20 bargaining sessions to date and there are additional sessions scheduled over the next week. 

UWOFA members have set a strike date of Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. and may begin labour action if no agreement is reached before then. However, this does not mean there will necessarily be a strike. Negotiations continue, and progress is being made to resolve outstanding issues. 

ALL Western services continue as normal, including classes, courses, deadlines and research.

Western and UWOFA are working hard to reach agreement.

 As any organization would do, we are making contingency plans to limit any inconvenience that a labour disruption could cause in the event we do not reach a tentative settlement. The university is committed to ensuring students’ experience at Western remains positive and productive. Please refer to sidebar FAQs to address any additional questions you might have.

If a labour disruption were to take place, we would notify you by email and outline the plans that would then be in effect.


UWOFA requests no-board report – Oct. 16

After several days of conciliated talks with Western, UWOFA’s negotiating team has asked the province to approve a no-board report. Seventeen days after that report is issued, the union could opt for labour disruption if a deal isn’t reached before then.

All steps to date have been standard parts of the collective-bargaining process. This latest development does not mean a labour disruption is imminent or inevitable.

Western and UWOFA have made progress during contract talks and more negotiation sessions are planned. We remain hopeful of resolving our issues at the bargaining table.

All Western services continue as normal, and Western is committed to ensuring students’ experience at Western remains positive and productive.

Western and faculty working towards settlement: Sept. 27

Western faculty (UWOFA) have given their negotiating team a strike mandate in votes conducted last week and this week. The vote was not unexpected and is a standard part of the contract-bargaining process; it does not mean a labour disruption is imminent or inevitable.

More bargaining sessions, with a conciliator, are scheduled in October.

Western and faculty have a history of working professionally through contract talks and we continue to work hard at reaching a new agreement at the bargaining table.

UWOFA represents about 1,600 faculty who teach and conduct research at Western.


UWOFA holds information meetings, strike vote: Sept. 20 update

Western University and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) are working towards a new contract and much progress has been made to date. Starting today, faculty are holding information meetings and taking a strike vote; this is a standard part of the collective-bargaining process. Conciliated talks have been scheduled for October.

Western and faculty have a long history of working professionally throughout contract talks, and it is our goal to achieve a successful collective agreement at the bargaining table.

All services on campus continue as normal.

Talks to resume with conciliator

Western University and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) have jointly requested conciliation as they continue to work towards a new contract for the faculty bargaining unit.

Talks have progressed collegially during thirteen bargaining sessions and the request to appoint a conciliator is a standard part of the collective-bargaining process to assist the parties in reaching an agreement.

All services on campus continue as normal.

Negotiations take a one-month pause, July 24

Bargaining discussions between Western and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) have been progressing collegially and have now paused for a summer break. Talks are scheduled to resume on August 20.

University, faculty talks begin, June 6, 2018 

Contract talks between Western University and its Faculty Association (UWOFA) are set to begin on June 6.

The current four-year contract expires on June 30, 2018.

UWOFA represents approximately 1,650 full-time and part-time faculty.