UofW Faculty Ratify New Contract

University of Windsor sign along Wyandotte St. (Photo by Mike Vlasveld)

After several months without a contract, faculty at the University of Windsor have voted 65.8% in favour of a new three-year collective agreement.

Windsor University Faculty Association members held a ratification vote Tuesday. WUFA President Anne Forrest says the results send a clear message that one in three members aren’t happy with the new deal.

“This is a good collective agreement. We do all get a wage increase,” says Forrest. “We are definitely going to be improving our salaries over the period of the three years, but at the same time it’s not going to be the kind of collective agreement that others in our sector are benefiting from.”

The contract also includes changes to pensions with higher contributions and different guidelines for those over the age of 65. A tentative agreement was reached October 2 after two days of negotiations with a provincial mediator. The faculty has been without a contract since June 30.

“Whether or not we supported the collective agreement, I think we’re all kind of happy that we’re turning this corner,” says Forrest. “It’s been a very difficult four months for everybody.”