Colleagues – from the UWOFA website
UWO Librarians & Archivists on Legal Strike September 7th, 2011. Librarians and Archivists at the University of Western Ontario will be on a legal strike as of 12:01 a.m. September 8.
“It is with great regret that we make this decision,” said Bryce Traister,
UWOFA President. “We simply haven’t seen enough movement on the key issues
important to our members. We find it disrespectful and I am personally
disappointed that administration didn’t see fit to address longstanding
Mediated talks between the UWO Faculty Association, which represents the
bargaining unit, and the university administration broke off today after
extended negotiating sessions with the employer came to a deadlock at
Outstanding issues at the table include: a long-standing pay gap of 20 per
cent between Western Librarians and Archivists – most of whom are women –
and colleagues at comparative universities in Ontario. Other issues
include staff complement and workload.
The 50 unionized librarians and archivists have been without a contract
since June 30, 2011.
Pickets will be placed at two locations: the main gates at Richmond Rd and
the Alumni Hall entrance off Western Rd. starting at 7:30 a.m.”