Western’s Board of Governors ratifies two employee agreements - November 22, 2013

Yesterday, Western University’s Board of Governors ratified agreements with the Public Service Alliance of Canada, Local 611 (Postdoctoral Associates) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2361 (Facilities Management and Thompson Arena staff).

PSAC Local 611, representing 27 Postdoctoral Associates, ratified their three-year agreement on November 18 after two days of negotiations. As part of their agreement, members will receive salary increases of 1.25% in year one and 1.00% in years two and three. This agreement will end September 2016.

CUPE Local 2361, covering approximately 344 employees engaged in the maintenance and service of buildings and grounds at Western, ratified their four-year agreement on November 13 after four days of negotiations. As part of their agreement, members will receive salary increases of 1.50% in year one, 1.25% in year two, and 1.00% in years three and four. This agreement will end in June 2017.

Western reaches tentative deal with PSAC Local 610

Western University and Public Service Alliance Canada (PSAC) Local 610 have reached a tentative agreement. The union represents approximately 27 of Western's postdoctoral associates. Their contract expired September, 30, 2013. Details of the agreement will not be released until after it has been ratified by both the union members and the University's Board of Governors.

Western reaches reaches tentative deal with CUPE LOCAL 2361

Western University and CUPE Local 2361 have reached a tentative agreement. The union represents approximately 330 employees in Western’s Facilities Management area and Thompson Arena. Their contract expired June 30, 2013 and the two sides held four days of negotiations.

Western believes the agreement is both reasonable and responsible, particularly in light of the current provincial fiscal environment.

Details of the agreement will not be released until after it has been ratified by both the union members and the University’s Board of Governors.

Western’s Board of Governors ratified a four-year UWOSA agreement on Sept. 24

UWOSA represents about 1,000 employees engaged in administrative and research support roles on a continuing or sessional basis. These employees work in a wide range of roles including academic counselling assistants, admissions coordinators, graduate coordinators, laboratory supervisors, library assistants, research assistants and technical supervisors.

As part of the agreement, UWOSA members will receive 1.50% in year one and then 1.25%, 1.0% and 1.0% over the remaining three years. UWOSA members ratified the agreement Sept. 4. The union’s previous contract expired June 30.

UWOSA votes in favour of tentative agreement - Sept. 4, 2013

Following a two-day ratification vote, members of The University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) has ratified a new four year collective agreement with Western University. The agreement now goes before Western’s Board of Governor’s who will vote on the deal on September 24. Details of the agreement will be available after the Board ratifies the agreement.

UWOSA has posted the results of their vote on their website at www.uwosa.ca .

Western reaches tentative deal with Staff Association - Aug. 28, 2013

Western University and the Staff Association (UWOSA) have reached a tentative agreement. UWOSA represents almost 1,000 employees who are engaged in administrative and research support roles at Western. Their contract expired June 30, 2013 and the two sides have held eight days of negotiations discussions.

Western believes the agreement is both reasonable and responsible, particularly in light of the current provincial fiscal environment.

Details of the agreement will not be released until after the agreement has been ratified by both the union members and the University’s Board of Governors. A ratification vote by UWOSA members is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 and Friday, August 30.

Facilities Management, CUPE 2361 Update - July 21, 2013

Negotiations between Western University and Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2361 are underway. The two sides met July 15 and 18, with agreement to establish future dates for talks. Local 2361 represents approximately 310 Facilities Management employees engaged in the maintenance and service of buildings and grounds at Western. Their contract expired June 30.

UWOSA Negotiations Update - July 17, 2013

University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) has requested that the Ontario Ministry of Labour appoint a conciliator to assist with contract negotiations.

Conciliation is a process through which either a union or employer can apply to the Ministry of Labour for help in reaching a collective agreement by assisting both parties to resolve differences.

UWOSA represents approximately 900 employees who are engaged in administrative and research support roles. Their contract expired June 30 and the two sides have held six days of negotiations. The next date the parties will meet will be set with the conciliator.

Food Services agreement ratified - June 25, 2013

On June 20, Western’s Board of Governors ratified a new two-year agreement with CUPE Local 2692, representing approximately 570 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department. The union’s last collective agreement expired on June 30, 2012.

As part of the agreement, CUPE Local 2692 members will receive zero increase to their base salaries, but instead will receive two lump-sum payments in 2013-2014. The agreement was ratified by CUPE Local 2692 members on May 2.

Tentative agreement reached with CUPE Local 2692 - April 26, 2013

A new two-year tentative agreement was reached on April 24 between Western University and CUPE Local 2692, representing approximately 570 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department.

The union’s last collective agreement expired on June 30, 2012.

Details of the agreement won't be released until after ratification by the union and the University's Board of Governors next month.

Conciliator dates established for negotiations with CUPE - update

Conciliator dates for negotiations between Western and CUPE Local 2692 have been set for April 24 and 25.

Conciliator named for negotiations with CUPE - March 20, 2013

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has named Greg Long as the conciliator to meet with representatives from Western and CUPE Local 2692 and assist with negotiations. CUPE Local 2692 represents 574 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food stores persons in Western’s Hospitality Services department. Their current collective agreement expired on June 30, 2012 and the two sides have had three negotiation meetings to date.

“Conciliation is common practice in contract negotiations and we are hopeful this step will help advance talks and move us closer to an agreement,” said Helen Connell, Western’s Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs.

Conciliation is a process through which either a union or employer can apply to the Ministry of Labour for help in resolving differences between the two parties so they can reach a collective agreement.

Connell said the food services workers play a very valuable role in ensuring the experience students, faculty and staff have at Western is exemplary. She added, however, that these are challenging times in which to be negotiating, with the provincial government having set clear expectations that all public sector institutions, including universities, should hold the line onwage increases.

“With the assistance of a conciliator, we remain optimistic that we’ll be able to reach an agreement with the food services workers that is both reasonable and responsible,” she said.

University requests conciliation - February 5, 2013

Western University has requested the assistance of a conciliator from the Ontario Ministry of Labour to help with negotiations between the University and CUPE Local 2692, representing approximately 574 food services assistants, food supervisors, cooks, chefs and food storespersons in Western’s Hospitality Services department.

Conciliation is a process through which either a union or employer can apply to the Ministry of Labour for help in resolving differences between the two parties so they can reach a collective agreement.

"The University welcomes the addition of a conciliator as we continue negotiations with representatives of our food service employees, and we’re hopeful an agreement will be reached,” says Helen Connell, Western’s Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs.

The union’s current collective agreement expired on June 30, 2012 and the two sides have had three negotiation meetings to date. Once a conciliator is appointed, dates for conciliation will be confirmed.

Tentative agreement reached with graduate teaching assistants - Nov. 28, 2012

A new three-year tentative agreement was reached yesterday between Western University and the union representing Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at the University, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 610.

The union represents about 2,300 GTAs at Western. Their last contract expired August 31, 2012.

Details of the agreement won't be released until after ratification by the union and the University's Board of Governors.

Update on GTA Collective Bargaining - Nov. 14, 2012

Western University and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Local 00610 representing approximately 2300 Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at the University, are engaged in continuing talks toward reaching a new collective agreement. Six meetings have taken place (Aug. 14, 15, 16 and 21; Oct. 29 and 30), and meeting dates are set for Nov. 14 and 15. The current collective agreement between the parties expired on Aug. 31, 2012.

“Western’s graduate teaching assistants play important roles in helping the University achieve its academic and research mission, and are valued members of our community," says Helen Connell, Western's Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs. "The bargaining teams are working hard to get an agreement.”

 

 


 

 

 

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