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October 2011

Four-Year Deal Ratified at Western Ontario

It’s a done deal. A strike by librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario ended Sept. 23 with an 84 per cent vote in favour of a new four-year agreement.

The library personnel represented by the UWO Faculty Association went on strike Sept. 8 after talks for a new contract failed when their collective agreement expired June 30. Negotiations had been ongoing since April.

Under the latest agreement, the librarians and archivists will receive a six per cent base salary increase over four years.

“I’m pleased to see that the membership has endorsed the deal,” said faculty association president Bryce Traister after the announcement of the vote results. “I’m proud of the resilience they demonstrated during this strike.”

Western’s board of governors has since confirmed it also voted to approve the deal.

Neither side would provide details about how the agreement was reached.