Employee Groups & Collective Agreements

Western has a diverse workforce.  The following is a list of employee groups at Western. Some are unions, and some are associations. Choose a group to see more details and find links to further information.

CUPE Facilities Management (Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2361)

CUPE represents employees in Facilities Management who are engaged in the maintenance and service of buildings and grounds at the University.

CUPE Hospitality Services (Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 2692)

CUPE Hospitality Services represents the employees in the Hospitality Services Department at Western.

Clinical Teachers Association of UWO (CTA – UWO)

The CTA-UWO represents Clinical Academic Faculty with full-time appointments in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

  • Approximate number: 750
  • Current Memorandum of Agreement – July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2026

Faculty Association (UWOFA)

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association represents full-time professors of the University (other than clinical faculty) and also part-time faculty with duties equivalent to teaching at least 0.5 degree credit course in each of 2 of the last 3 fiscal years.

Graduate Teaching Assistants (PSAC Local 610)

PSAC Local 610 represents registered graduate students who are engaged in supervised teaching-related activities across the various Faculties and Schools.

Librarians & Archivists (UWOFA-LA)

UWOFA-LA represents those employees of the University performing the work of librarians and archivists.

Operating Engineers (IUOE Local 772)

IUOE represents the University's Operating Engineers and those individuals engaged primarily as their helpers in the main Power Plant and other remote plants.

Western Special Constable Service (OPSEU Local 102)

OPSEU Local 102 represents employees in the Western Special Constable Service.

Postdoctoral Associates (PSAC Local 610 - Unit 2; formerly Local 611)

PSAC represents Postdoctoral Associates at the University, who are engaged in research and are employees of the University.

Professional Managerial Association (PMA)

The PMA represents full-time employees engaged on a permanent basis in managerial and professional roles across the University.

  • Current Memorandum of Agreement - Nov. 1, 2022 to Oct. 31, 2025
  • See PMA Policies
  • Approximate number: 1290
  • PMA website

SAGE - Select Administrative Group Employees

SAGE represents University employees engaged in administrative roles that may require access to confidential employment and labour relations information, necessitating their exclusion from the Staff Association bargaining unit.

UWOSA - Staff Association

UWOSA represents employees engaged in administrative and research support roles employed on a continuing or sessional (e.g. academic year) basis.  Employees hired temporarily in these roles for eight months or more and working regularly more than 24 hours per week are also represented by UWOSA.

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