Volume 93, Issue 9

Tuesday, September 14, 1999


LTC faces impending lawsuit

UWOSA snags contract and raise

CASA lobby on deck

Students await new Ministry's words

Shuffle means new programming

Police Blotter

News Briefs

Western academics back Chretien's call

DriveSafe sobers street


Caught on Campus

UWOSA snags contract and raise

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

After seven years without a raise, a landmark settlement has given Western staff members their just desserts.

The University of Western Ontario Staff Association recently achieved their first collective bargaining agreement with Western's administration. The UWOSA voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement, with 504 votes for and 34 against.

The contract, ratified last week by Western's Board of Governors, gives association members a four per cent retroactive raise on their 1998-1999 salaries, and a 2.25 per cent raise beginning Oct. 1. As of next July, they will also receive a 1.5 per cent hike in pay.

"We feel pretty good," said Carol LaRouche, past-president of the UWOSA. LaRouche said members of Western's staff have not received a raise since 1993, making the new contract a welcome change. "We've worked hard and its finally come to fruition," she said. "It says something, that we didn't have to go to mediation."

LaRouche added the negotiations were difficult, but she was glad to finally have them finished with both sides content. "There were times when it got acrimonious, but that's the name of the game," she said.

Western VP-administration Peter Mercer said he too was glad the negotiations were settled. "I think it came together extraordinarily well," he said. "This first contract has established a strong foundation and a positive atmosphere for future negotiations. I'm delighted they're getting what they deserve," Mercer said.

John Tyndall, an information assistant at the D.B. Weldon Library and a member of the UWOSA, said he was relieved to see the contract settled. "I voted for it because it's been seven years since I've had any kind of contract," he said. "It wasn't everything, but it was really a good start. I was quite happy," he added.

LaRouche said the association is already looking forward to June 30, 2001, when the current contract will expire and both sides will have to go back to the table. "Our next step is to train our members into the contract, and to work with administration in enforcing the contract," she said.

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