Western’s administration has reached a new tentative collective agreement with the university’s librarians and archivists.

The deal was reached on Friday, Nov. 6, with the aid of Greg Long, a conciliator appointed by the Ministry of Labour. The negotiations had been ongoing since June 2015. Details on the agreement have been withheld until it has been ratified, but a date for the ratification vote has yet to be announced.

"I am very proud of the hard work that our negotiating team put into getting this agreement," Kirstin Hoffman, UWOFA president, said.

"They worked really hard on behalf of our members and our members supported them all the way along."

In a vote held on Oct. 22, the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, which also represents librarians and archivists had received a 98 per cent vote in favour of a strike mandate if the negotiations reached that point.

"I want to thank the negotiating team for all their hard work and commitment. They did a great job on behalf of our members. And I’m very thankful to our members for their support of the team," said Hoffman in a press release.

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