University, union reach tentative deal for GTAs

Western and the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 610, have reached a tentative deal which the negotiating teams have jointly agreed to recommend to their respective parties.

Representatives of the university and the union met with a mediator this week and reached agreement early Friday morning.

Graduate Teaching Assistants will vote on the tentative agreement, which has been recommended by their union, on April 26 and April 27. Ratification will also require approval from Western’s Board of Governors. Details of the tentative contract will not be released publicly until both sides have had an opportunity to vote.

Exams will continue to take place as scheduled.

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GTA negotiations resume this week

Story posted April 16

Negotiators for Western and Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Local 610, which represents the Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), are resuming negotiations Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19, with the assistance of a third-party mediator.

Until mediation is completed, the union has agreed not to go on strike. GTAs will continue to perform all duties as outlined in their previous contract.

Unless you receive official notification to the contrary, you should expect no change in the status quo. Specifically:

  • There is no strike or labour action at this time;
  • Exams are proceeding as scheduled;
  • Undergraduates are expected to attend those exams;
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants with proctoring and marking duties will continue with those duties; and
  • Graduate students (whether Teaching Assistants or not) are expected to continue with their research and academic responsibilities.

Western will continue to provide updates via email and on the University’s Contract Negotiations website.

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Mediator appointed, GTA negotiations to resume

Story posted April 14

Western University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Local 610, which represents Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at Western, have agreed to enlist the services of a mediator, and to resume negotiation on April 18 and 19. A mediator is an independent professional that both sides agree to engage in helping them reach a settlement.

Please continue watching the University’s Contract Negotiations website for the latest information.