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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 860 administrative and technical staff at the University of Western Ontario. Our members work in every area of the University in a wide variety of roles. We are Academic Counselling Assistants, Admissions Coordinators, Animal Care Technicians, Booth Attendants, Computer Specialists, Dental Assistants, Drivers, Events Coordinators, Faculty Affairs Assistants, Graduate Coordinators, Horticultural Technicians, Laboratory Supervisors, Library Assistants, OSAP Coordinators, Prospect Researchers, Research Assistants, Residence Clerks, Schedulers, Secretaries, Storeskeepers, Technical Supervisors and Undergraduate Assistants (and so much more).

JES2013 - How to Determine Calculations Resource added

Please find below an additional resource we encourage all members to review.   Please login to the Members Area and click on FAQs & Presentations and look for the heading JES2013 Implementation *Important Information* to access the following resources listed below:

-          Appeal Information

-          General PDQ Information

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UWOSA Bulletin – Please Read

JES2013 Implementation *Important Information*

Please find below additional resources we encourage all members to review.   Please login to the Members Area and click on FAQs & Presentations and look for the heading JES2013 Implementation *Important Information* to access the following resources listed below:

-          Appeal Information

-          General PDQ Information

UWOSA Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) Dinner Nights

Our next UWOSA Dinner Night is Tuesday February 6, 2018. If you wish to participate please see the Members AreaRonald McDonald House Volunteering for details, how to sign-up, and who to contact if you have questions.


Annual Valentine's Day Lunch

Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Where: Great Hall, Somerville House

When:  Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Distribution:

You may pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC room 255 from:

9:00am – 3:30pm, on February 1, & 2, 2018

9:00am – 3:30pm on February 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9, 2018

Please bring your Western ONECard with you.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets yourself, please email your Area Steward for pick up assistance.

If you have any special dietary needs, please email by February 7th with the subject “UWOSA Lunch” and which seating you plan to attend.  **This includes if you require a vegetarian meal.

This year, we will be collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations for the London Area Food Bank ( Looking forward to seeing you there!


UWOSA Night: February 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. London Lightning vs KW Titans

Do you love basketball or have family at home that might like to enjoy a game?  Join UWOSA Night at Budweiser Gardens in London for a game between the Lightning and the KW Titans

When: Sunday February 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Budweiser Gardens

Ticket:  Only $14.00 for adult or child and includes same section seating for all UWOSA members! Check out the Members Area – Budweiser Gardens Discounts for details.


Final Call UWOSA Cooks – Recipe Submission Deadline February 28, 2018

If you have a recipe you would like to share for the UWOSA’s 20th Anniversary Cookbook, this is your final call, please submit your recipe to by Wednesday February 28, 2018.

We are looking for your favorite recipes:

 * Appetizers     * Drinks       *Sauces     *Mains     *Breads    *Salads   *Desserts       

Handy kitchen tips, home remedies, fun concoctions (like playdough) and pet treats.



Members typically in receipt of the safety shoe allowance ($120) payment should note that HR is deferring the payment until February of this year.

If you received the allowance in 2017, you should be receiving the following message from Western HR advising you of the change:

“Our records indicate that you received a Safety Shoe Allowance in 2017.  The University pays UWOSA members requiring this safety equipment an amount of $120 each year to support the expense expected to be incurred for shoes each year.  This year that payment will be made to you on your February 2018 pay.   As a general practice, Human Resources has made this payment in January of each year, however this year there are a number of other pay priorities for UWOSA members in January and so your union has agreed to a delayed payment in February this year.  It is our intention to revert back to January for this payment in 2019.

Any member who is in need of safety shoes and the one month delay in payment will delay in acquiring the required shoes – the member can contact Human Resources for assistance at or (519) 661-2194.”

As indicated in the message from HR, if you are in need of safety shoes, and the one month delay is preventing you from acquiring the required safety equipment – please contact HR. 

If you are in need of further assistance, please contact and we can also assist in this regard.

UWOSA Elections 2018 Reminder

UWOSA Elections 2018 Reminder

Dear Members,

I hope that you had a wonderful holiday. This is just a reminder that all the information for this year's elections can be found on the UWOSA website ( Login to the UWOSA website, from the Main Menu select Member Area and view 2018 UWOSA Elections / Agreements & Forms.

The Elections Committee would like to encourage all members to consider the health of the Association in the long term. A robust and active membership will ensure that the benefits we all enjoy, continue on for new and future members.

Should you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact me or any members of the Elections Committee: Will Harris, Rodger Moran, Connie Sutherland, and Olga Sauer (ex officio).

Happy New Year!


Tiffany Trudgeon, Chair
UWOSA Elections Committee

Congratulations! 2017 United Way Labour Appreciation Award - UWOSA Recipient

Congratulations to the UWOSA 2017 United Way Labour Appreciation Award Recipient

Please join us in congratulating our fellow UWOSA member Andrea Baker, as she is the 2017 United Way Labour Appreciation Award Recipient.

This award recognizes a member’s tireless community advocacy and activities.

Andrea’s genuine desire to give back to her community, by going above and beyond to generate the best results, is evident with the widely successful Starbucks Thursdays initiative in support of United Way. Check out Andrea's Starbucks Thursdays feature video at

As well as the many other activities she has volunteered for during her Faculty's United Way Campaign, Andrea also participated in UWOSA Ronald McDonald House Meals from the Heart Dinner Nights.

Please join us in celebrating Andrea's achievement at the United Way Annual Labour Appreciation Awards Night on:

Date:                    Thursday, January 25, 2018

Location:                 Carousel Room, Western Fair District

Time:                     6:00 p.m. Cocktails Reception with hors D’oeuvres and cash bar

                           7:00 p.m. Award Presentation

Tickets:                   $15

To purchase your tickets online please visit

Limited tickets may be available at the door


Any UWOSA members with PDQs submitted between January 1, 2017 and up until June 30, 2017 - your PDQ results will be released between Wednesday, January 10th and Friday, January 12th

If a PDQ was submitted for you during this period, you will receive an email notification from OWL when your results are available.  Please note – over the next 3 days, they will be released based on the order they were submitted.

To access this important information, please follow the link within the email to the OWL site and navigate through the following tabs:

  • Owl site
  • login
  • click `membership' tab (on left side of page)
  • click `UWOSA JES Communications'
  • click `drop box' (on left side of page)

Once in your `drop box', you will see the list of information included in your 'results package'. Your results package will include a summary letter, the PDQ submitted for your role, evaluation notes, and the confirmation and appeal form.

Please REVIEW your package thoroughly.  

If you are satisfied with the evaluation, follow the instructions contained within your summary letter and complete the enclosed form to sign acceptance. 

If you DO NOT agree with the evaluation, please document your concerns on the enclosed appeal form.  We encourage you to review the Appeal Process as outlined within the Collective Agreement and fill out the Appeal Form contained within your results package.  The deadline to Appeal will be outlined within your summary letter.

Please ensure you do not rush to submit your appeal, but ensure that your appeal is merited by reviewing the rating guidelines as outlined in Schedule A of our Collective Agreement.    You will have a much better appeal experience, if you take the time to review all the relevant information and include the necessary details within your appeal.

Should you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the UWOSA office at


In Solidarity,

Nikki Grozelle

Chief Steward

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