The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) reached a tentative contract agreement with the university administration at 3 a.m this morning after 18 hours at the negotiating table. The agreement is not yet ratified at the time of writing. The Faculty Association at Western represents around 1400 regular and contract faculty. They have been without a contract since June 30, 2010.
James Compton, president of UWOFA, had said that one of the key issues on the table was a proposal by the university administration that centralized administrative control over annual faculty reviews and would have made them subject to performance management techniques that … “are counter to scholarly practices” and “would weaken the role of peer evaluation and collegial self-government”. “Professors that have precarious employment are going to be less likely to speak out and do research and teaching on controversial topics than they would otherwise” he explained.
The university administration will now be negotiating with the 1100 member UWO Staff Association who voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike in October and will be in a legal strike position as of one minute after midnight tonight. (i.e. on November 4).
Meanwhile at Carleton University in Ottawa, the Carleton University Academic Staff Association that represents clerical, library, administrative, technical and maintenance staff voted recently 88.5% in favour of striking.