Western talks down to the wire
As the clocks ticks closer to a strike deadline, talks between Western University and the union representing its faculty continued Thursday.
The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA), with more than 1,500 members, set a strike deadline for Friday at 12:01 a.m.
NegotiationS between the two sides were continuing Thursday afternoon, but they had yet to reach an agreement.
“UWOFA has returned to the table today and continues to work hard at reaching an agreement that addresses our primary concerns regarding job security for contract faculty and compensation for faculty members that aligns with our comparable research-intensive universities in Ontario,” Dan Belliveau, head of Western’s faculty association, wrote in an email.
The faculty voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action in September.
Officials from Western didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday, but the university has previously said it has made contingency plans in the case of a labour disruption.
The London Transit Commission says it will detour its buses running through campus to avoid crossing picket lines.
The union sent out an email to its members Tuesday preparing them for a possible strike, informing them on how to sign up for picket duty and asking them to clear out their offices by Thursday night.
Members were also notified that the union is setting up a strike headquarters in the former Rexall building at 611 Wonderland Rd.
The University Students Council (USC) says it has been busy providing students with information about the ongoing negotiations and alerting them to any possible fallout from a strike.
“Some students are nervous because they’ve seen what happened at York University, as well as the more recent Fanshawe strike,” USC president Mitch Pratt said.