The union’s strike headquarters in London Mall. Faculty members at the university were prepared to walk out at midnight Nov. 3 if a deal wasn’t reached. [Photo: Nyssa kuwahara / The Gazette]
The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association has reached a tentative contract with the university administration.
The deal was struck early in the morning on Nov. 3, after 18 hours of intense bargaining and just hours past the strike deadline for Western’s faculty union.
The bargaining team was given a strike mandate by faculty in a vote held earlier this fall.
Details of the new agreement have been withheld until ratified by union members. A date for the ratification vote has yet to be determined, according to information released by UWOFA.
“I’m extremely proud of the tireless work of our negotiating team,” faculty association president James Compton said in a statement. “They are to be commended for staying at the table and seeing their way through a very tough negotiation.”
The 1,400 unionized full and part-time faculty members at Western have been without a contract since June 30.