Talks to resume in dispute between Western and Teaching Assistants

Talks are set to resume Wednesday and Thursday in the labour dispute at Western University. Wages are a key stumbling point for teaching assistants who say they can't afford to live on what the university pays them.

A mediator will help bridge the divide between the two sides at odds primarily over wages.

Graduate teaching assistants at Western University set to resume negotiations. (Twitter)

Talks are set to resume Wednesday and Thursday in the labour dispute between graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and Western University with the help of a third party mediator. Wages are a key stumbling point for the teaching assistants who say they can't afford to live on what the university pays them. 


In a vote last week, GTAs overwhelmingly rejected the university's final wage offer. The union has agreed NOT to go on strike until mediation is complete. 


In a written statement, the union said, GTAs will continue to carry out their regular duties as outlined in the previous contract. That means:

  • no strike or labour action
  • exams carry on as scheduled
  • GTAs will continue with their proctoring and marking duties
  • GTAs will carry on with their research and academic responsibilities 

The latest updates can be found at  http://www.uwo.ca/contractnegotiations/gta/index.html