March 10, 2004  
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Western’s librarians, archivists and curators have voted in favour of joining the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association.

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

—Salina Kam

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 added.

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.”

—Marshall Bellamy



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