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Request for support

September 6, 2011

The following message from UWOFA went out today:

Dear Supporters:

Re: Targeted email campaign in support of Western Librarians and Archivists on Wednesday 7 September between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm (noon).

Western’s unionized Librarians and Archivists have a strike deadline of 12:01 am on Thursday 8 September. Outstanding issues include the disrespectful long-standing pay gap of 20 per cent between Western Librarians and Archivists – most of whom are women – and colleagues at comparative universities in Ontario.

With your support and assistance, we can avert a strike or lock-out.  UWOFA is sponsoring a targeted email campaign in support of the Librarians and Archivists for TOMORROW, Wed 7 September between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

To participate, all you need to do is send an email to Western President, Amit Chakma, and the Chair of Western’s Board of Governors, Frank Angeletti.

Amit Chakma:  achakma@uwo.ca
Frank Angeletti:  franka@filion.on.ca

Tell them you support a fair an equitable contract for Western’s Librarians and Archivists.  If you cannot send an email at the suggested time, please send it any time today or tomorrow.  Every email message of support will help us.

Here is a sample letter that you can use:

Dear President Chakma and Western Board of Governors Chair Angeletti:

I am writing to express my support for Western’s Librarians and Archivists.  I hope that the university administration will agree to a fair and equitable contract before the strike deadline on September 8th.  In particular, I hope Western will recognize the disrespectful long-standing pay gap of 20 per cent between Western Librarians and Archivists – most of whom are women – and colleagues at comparative universities in Ontario.

Sincerely,

NAME

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Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,
Bryce Traister, UWOFA President

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