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Western University faculty vote 94 per cent in favour of strike action

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Unionized faculty at Western University have voted 94 per cent in favour of strike action, paving the way for potential disruptions come November.

UWOFA released the outcome of its members’ vote today.

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The union says a provincially-appointed conciliator will come to the table on Oct. 11th, 12th, and 15th. If that fails, the conciliator could file a no board report with the Ministry of Labour.

Once that’s filed, a strike or lockout is legally possible 17 days later, meaning the earliest that could happen is Nov. 1st.

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According to a union statement, negotiations are ongoing.

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A union representative previously told 980 CFPL that the major concern is over the number of part-time and contract faculty taking over teaching responsibilities in the institution. The number of full-time and tenured positions has been on the decline in recent years.

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