Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

 

CAMPUS:

  • Western’s librarians and archivists rejected a tentative contract agreement their union struck with the university — the only insurance against a strike — after months of bargaining that made little progress.
  • Members of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, who are campus’ 42 research workers, voted 74 per cent against the tentative agreement Tuesday evening.
  • The agreement was reached around 10 p.m. on Oct. 7, just two hours before research workers were legally in a position to strike.
  • A vote in favour would have ratified the agreement, ending any uncertainty about their future work.
  • If the union does strike, researchers and archivists around campus will lose their services, but libraries will remain open.
  • The union and Western have not announced future negotiation sessions, but said they will release information shortly.
  • “Our members rejected the deal because it did not adequately address their concerns.” UWOFA president John Ciriello wrote in the media release. “Their rejection of the tentative agreement gives us a clear mandate that our Board will be discussing on Thursday, October 24.”
  • The deal did not satisfy workers’ concerns of an eroding workforce, according to the union, which has gotten smaller in recent years.
  • Neither the union nor Western will release specifics of a deal until it is ratified.
  • UWOFA said members expected a three-year deal, and to return to the bargaining table after the term of proposed Bill 124.
  • The provincially proposed bill became a central point of the negotiations, as the bill proposes to freeze public sector wage increases to one percent — something the union argued would be a wage decrease.
  • The university has not released a statement.
  • Negotiations began on June 30 and the parties met nearly 20 times before striking a tentative agreement


LOCAL:

  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit is urging staff and students at Fanshawe College who are not immune to chickenpox to be cautious after three lab-confirmed cases were linked to the school within the last week.
  • At least one of the cases involved a member of Fanshawe’s international student population who was not immune to chickenpox and contracted it from the London community.
  • All three individuals were not hospitalized and are recovering.
  • Chickenpox is most often a childhood illness, best known for its red, spotty rash. The highly contagious virus can be spread through the air or through direct contact with infected people.
  • The chickenpox vaccine has been available in Canada since 1999. The publicly funded vaccine is available to children in Ontario born on or after January 1, 2000.
  • Adults 18 to 49 years of age who have never had chickenpox can also get the vaccine, though it’s covered by OHIP only for patients with specific risk factors.
  • Most people who fall ill with chickenpox recover without complications. Pregnant women who are not immune to the virus or people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk for potentially serious issues,
  • People with symptoms should stay at home, away from people who are not immune to the virus, Summers said.
  • Chickenpox cases reported in Ontario are on the decline, from nearly 9,800 in 2007 to about 2,450 in 2014.
  • Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care says chickenpox is still “endemic” in Ontario, but the illness is substantially under-reported. Getting notification of lab-confirmed cases is rare at the London-area health unit.


SPORTS:

  • Tonight, the Mustangs Women's Hockey team are on the road to take on the Nation’s no1 ranked Guelph Gryphons. This will be the second game of the oua regular season after the mustangs women beat York Lions 5-3 last weekend. Tonight’s puck drop is at 7pm. Catch the live action on oua tv

 
WEATHER:

  • A daytime high of 12 with clear sunny skies and an overnight low of 4 awaits us this thursday. Tomorrow will be a cooler day marking the first of many negatives to come.  
  • Currently its 11 degrees outside our studios.