Western’s librarians, archivists and curators have voted
in favour of joining the University of Western Ontario Faculty
There were 53 eligible voters: 24 voted in favour and four
voted against the move to join UWOFA, giving a 87.9 per cent
majority in favour of having the union act as their bargaining
agent, confirmed Albert Katz, president of UWOFA.
The vote was by secret ballot and the outcome implies that
UWOFA is now representing Western’s librarians, he said. “There
is an overwhelming support given by the voters to joining the
UWOFA,” Katz added.
Librarians will be able to have more connections with other
universities through UWOFA, but there were disagreements for
librarians concerning the power of the bargaining unit, Katz
explained, citing the example of impact on employment in relations
with their employer.
The librarians will be negotiating an agreement with UWOFA
as soon as an official certificate from the Labour Board is
received, he said
PM to do roundtable at Western,
French Knight to look on
Attracted by the green grass, warmer weather, expensive confectionery,
cheap beer and maybe the chance to talk about pretty girls
on a Gazette sports roundtable, Prime Minister Paul Martin
will be visiting Western.
Martin’s visit to Western is prompted by the opportunity
to participate in a roundtable, said a spokesperson with the
Prime Minister’s Office, adding the roundtable will include
Martin’s parliamentary secretary and member of Parliament
for London North Centre Joe Fontana, along with members of
the community and Western.
The roundtable will be taking place on campus in The Great
Hall at Somerville House
“He’s been travelling for a while now as Prime
Minister,” the spokesperson said. “Right now he
wants to hear what Canadians have to say.”
According to the spokesperson, the stop at Western is a part
of a series of roundtables Martin has been taking part in.
His next stop will be St. Thomas. “This is his first
trip to Western as Prime Minister,” the spokesperson
Topics of discussion for the roundtable will include university
accessibility, research and policy and relations with the community. “Education
is something he wants to focus on.”