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.
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).
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.
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.