Western University faculty union prepares for possible strike action next week

TORONTO — The union representing faculty members at Western University says it's preparing to strike next week if a last-minute deal is not reached with the school.

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association says it's in a legal strike position starting on Sunday as negotiations continue this week with the employer to reach a new collective agreement.

The union that represents about 1,550 faculty members and library workers says the main issues during this round of bargaining are equitable workloads, equal access to benefits and job security for contract faculty members.

The union says some members have been trained as picket-line captains and portable toilets have been installed around campus in preparation for possible strike action.

About 91 per cent of the union members voted in favour of strike action last month during the talks with the university, which started after the union’s previous collective agreements expired in June.

Western University didn't respond to a request for comment immediately.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 10, 2022.

The Canadian Press