Volume 94, Issue 1

Friday, May 12, 2000


NEWS

O-week survives the Senate intact

Western grads make top 40

Teachers flunk budget

The battle for books rages on

Western escapes virus' tough love

Pot party ready to take the next step

The coolest way to kill insects

Briefs

Media centre links UWO to Fanshawe

Faculty and admin dispute sees new light

Faculty and admin dispute sees new light

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

Unable to settle their bargaining differences, Western's administration and faculty have elected to seek the guidance of an impartial arbitrator.

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association president, Eddie Ebanks, said the two sides will enter a period of conciliation on May 15-16, in the hopes of finalizing the faculty association's first contract with the university. He added a conciliator chosen by the Ministry of Labour will meet with both sides in hopes of bringing them closer together.

Ebanks said administration and faculty have reached an impasse concerning salary and benefits for faculty members, adding the Ministry of Labour often assigns conciliators to solve situations such as this. Ebanks said he hopes both sides can find common ground.

Ebanks, who took over as president of UWOFA on May 1, said he had hoped to have an agreement in place when he formally became president. He added if conciliation should fail to bring the two sides together, there are still various steps which can be taken.

"We can continue to bargain. The university could lock faculty out, or administration could choose to take their proposal to faculty members for a direct vote," Ebanks said.

"We can also choose to take a strike vote [among the faculty members]."

Western's VP-administration Peter Mercer, said he was hopeful conciliation would result in a solution.

Mercer said he would rely on the third party conciliator to help both sides. "I don't think it's a matter of giving or taking away, it's a matter of looking at the big picture."

Mercer said he has no plans concerning further action if conciliation should fail. "[No plans have been made] because we expect it to work."

Former UWOFA president Ernie Redekop, said he too was hopeful a solution could be found. "I'm moderately optimistic," he said. "I would very much like this to be solved."

Conciliation is just a different form of negotiation, he said, but added it was difficult to guess whether or not such a measure would be successful.

Redekop said he and many other faculty members wished to avoid a strike. "I don't think anyone on the negotiating team would want a strike," he said. "Strikes are very hard on those involved."


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