Professors at the University of Western Ontario are one step closer to going on a strike that could cancel classes for students. The negotiating team for the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association has requested a provincially appointed conciliator file a no-board report with the province, meaning agreement between the two sides could not be reached.
The union would not be in a legal position strike until 17 days after the report is filed. On Oct 1, the faculty voted 87 per cent in favour of giving the union a strike mandate. UWOFA has said that university proposals to centralize tenure and tenure review processes threatens academic freedom. Negotiation meetings between the union and the university are still scheduled into November.
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