FAQs for Undergraduate Students
Updated November 4, 2010
FAQs have been organized according to the following categories:
Getting to Campus
- Will a labour disruption at Western affect London Transit Commission (LTC) buses?
1. If there is a labour disruption by UWOSA, how will campus be affected?
In the event of a UWOSA labour disruption, classes will continue, but some labs may be rescheduled, particularly in the Faculty of Science. Students will be informed of changes on the Western/faculty website. Also, some levels of service could be affected by a UWOSA labour disruption, including libraries, Office of the Registrar, and others. We will endeavour to keep you up to date on this website.
In the event of a UWOSA labour disruption, undergraduate laboratories
in Biology and Chemistry will not continue. Tutorials and undergraduate
laboratories in the remaining departments within Science will continue
although there may be some disruptions in service.
For specific information about how a labour disruption by UWOSA would affect the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, visit http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/contingency/
For Western Engineering information visit: http://www.eng.uwo.ca/contract_negotiations.htm
2. If there is a labour disruption by UWOSA, would campus residences remain open?
Residences will remain open in the event of a labour disruption by UWOSA. (top)
3. I am graduate student/postdoctoral scholar. How could a labour disruption by UWOSA affect me?
4. I am a student at Brescia/Huron/King’s University College. Where can I get information about how my affiliated university college may be affected in the event of labour disruption by UWOSA?
Information can be found on the following web sites:
5. Will undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars have access to Web CT during a UWOSA labour disruption?
Yes, they will continue to have access to Web CT. (top)
1. Will I be able to access library services during a labour disruption?
Libraries will continue to offer study space and in-library services, although these will be limited during a UWOSA labour disruption. Revised hours of operation for each location will be posted on the library website when this information becomes available. Online access to information resources will continue to be offered to students through the library website during a UWOSA labour disruption.
1. I am a work study student and my supervisor is a member of UWOSA. How could a labour disruption affect me?
Western’s work study program supports students who have financial need. In the event of a labour disruption, the University would take steps to ensure students’ financial needs are addressed in other ways should they not be able to work. (top)
1. Is a labour disruptions by Western’s staff union (UWOSA) inevitable?
No. The University is currently continuing negotiations with UWOSA and we are hopeful labour disruptions can be avoided. (top)
2. When could a labour disruption begin?
This would be up to the union. UWOSA entered into a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. on November 4, although they have not yet set a strike deadline. (top)
3. Is the University planning a lockout?
Currently, the University has no plans to initiate a lockout.
1. What should students expect regarding picket lines?
Students should know picketers are legally permitted to:
- Carry signs stating the nature of their dispute;
- Speak to people entering the property about their concerns;
- Ask persons entering the property to join the picket line.
However, picketers are not legally permitted to:
- Blockade entrances to the University;
- Use force, threats or threatening gestures;
- Construct barriers to block access to the University;
- Engage in unlawful behaviour;
- Picket on University property.
While significant problems aren’t anticipated, students should still allow extra time coming to or departing from campus whether walking, biking, travelling by bus or driving.
When passing through picket lines, students should:
- Be courteous if delayed or questioned by picketers.
- Avoid arguments and confrontations.
- If challenged, politely express your intention to exercise your legal right to enter campus.
- Contact Campus Community Police Services at 519-661-3300 should any safety concerns arise. (top)
2. Will a labour disruption at Western affect London Transit Commission (LTC) buses?
In the event of a labour disruption at Western, London Transit buses will not enter Western property. Visit Alternative Routes to Campus for a list of alternative routes to campus that will be in effect in the event of a strike which may begin on Wednesday November 3, 2010. Please note all regular bus stops on the roads surrounding campus (Western Road, Richmond Street, and Windermere Road) will run normally during a labour disruption, and LTC buses will travel to London Health Sciences Centre (University Hospital site).
Aboutown Buses serving affiliated university colleges have notified Western they will not be will not be crossing picket lines on campus. For alternate Aboutown Shuttle Bus routes for the Affiliated University Colleges, please visit this page.
Paratransit will not be affected by a labour disruption.
1. How can I keep up-to-date on what is happening regarding these contract negotiations?
During this period, Western will provide students with current information in the following ways:
WEB: Updates will be posted on the Contract Negotiations @ Western website.
EMAIL: All students will receive significant updates via their Western email account.
A dedicated email address has been established specifically for labour-related questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.