Western and UWOFA-LA ratify agreement (UPDATE)

The University of Western Ontario and the 51 librarian and archivists represented by UWOFA-LA, ratified a new agreement on Friday, ending a strike that began Sept. 8.

The Librarians and Archivists voted 84 per cent (36 to 7) in favour of a four-year agreement that will see them receive a 1.5 per cent base salary increase in each year. Western’s Board of Governors voted to approve the agreement later that same day.

“The university is pleased the parties were able to achieve a negotiated settlement,” said Helen Connell, associate vice-president, communications and public affairs at Western. “We value the contribution the librarians and archivists make to the university’s teaching and research mission.”

“I’m please to see that the membership has endorsed the deal,” says Bryce Traister, UWOFA president. “I’m proud of the resilience they demonstrated during this strike.”

The ratifications mean the librarians and archivists will be back to work on Monday, Sept. 26. They have been without a contract since June 30.