Many campus groups including PSAC Local 610, SOGS, the Western Solidarity Network, and unions representing many workers at Western (including UWOFA and UWOSA) are uniting FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH at the university's Senate meeting to protest the Board of Governors' decision to allow President Chakma to be paid twice his salary in a single year for skipping his administrative leave and to discuss workers' non-confidence in the capacity of President Chakma and the Board of Governors Chair Chirag Shah to serve as the leaders of the university's administration and key decision making bodies.
It is crucial for members of our Local to join our brothers and sisters in a united front to express our disdain towards the wasteful expenditure of the university's resources and the utter lack of judgement shown by the university's key decision makers, especially when our own members are forced to beg for even a meager wage increase when we bargain for a new contract with the Employer and live well-below the poverty line.
Please join us. All welcome. Here is the timeline for tomorrow's events:
11-12:30 - Meet in the Mustang Lounge to make posters for demonstration. Bristol board and markers will be provided.
12:45 - Converge at Alumni Hall to march together to the Senate meeting.
1:00 - Arrive at (new) Ivey building, room 1100, on Western Road across from main campus. Set up demonstration outside of Senate meeting hall. The demonstration will be peaceful and respectful. We expect that large numbers of faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students will be present.
1:30 - Senate meeting begins.
President Chakma is expected to discuss the double-pay scandal in his Presidential report, which opens the meeting.
UWOFA and UWOSA's votes of non-confidence are scheduled as the first item on the Senate meeting agenda and a Q&A (for Senators) will follow. Demonstrators will be permitted to enter the meeting hall as Senate meetings are open to the public, so you will be able to hear what the university's leaders have to say about this pressing issue.