Western issued the following statement on Sept. 27 regarding the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) and its strike vote. For more information, visit the university’s Contract Negotiations website.
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Western faculty (UWOFA) have given their negotiating team a strike mandate in votes conducted last week and this week. The vote was not unexpected and is a standard part of the contract-bargaining process; it does not mean a labour disruption is imminent or inevitable.
More bargaining sessions, with a conciliator, are scheduled in October.
Western and faculty have a history of working professionally through contract talks and we continue to work hard at reaching a new agreement at the bargaining table.
UWOFA represents about 1,600 faculty who teach and conduct research at Western.