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UWOSA is an independent union representing over 1,000 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). Western wouldn't work without UWOSA members.

UWOSA Vacancy: Business Manager

Our union seeks to fill the vacancy of our Business Manager.

Interested candidates are encouraged to forward a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Diane Rundle, HR Consultant,

Applications will be accepted until September 16, 2016.

Please note: This is a position funded only by UWOSA, which is a separate employer from Western University.

UWOSA Temporary Backfill: Chief Steward

UWOSA Temporary Backfill: Chief Steward


UWOSA is currently looking to temporarily backfill the Executive Officer position of Chief Steward. At the present time, Val Van Domelen, our Chief Steward is on leave. In the event that she remains on leave over the course of the next month and, in accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws, Article 7.0 Officers of the Association, subset 11(b) must be put into action for the betterment of the union. Article 7.11(b) reads:

“Where an Officer’s role has no provision for succession, and where it becomes known that an Officer shall be on leave from the workplace beyond one (1) calendar month, the UWOSA Stewards Council may declare the officer on a leave from their UWOSA role and temporarily fill the vacancy in accordance with Constitution Article 5. The temporary assignment will end upon the return of the elected Officer and/or the start of a new electoral year, whichever is sooner. However, the elected Officer’s title shall reside with the individual temporarily assigned to the role and such person shall act with the full authority prescribed in this article.”

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. Responsibilities of the Chief Steward are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, section 7.0 “Officers of the Association.” If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum of 200 words) to by August 11, 2016 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

If Article 7.11(b) goes into effect, all applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Somerville House room 3355 to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the temporary Chief Steward.

Please note that this temporary backfill will be treated as a secondment.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please email

UWOSA Website / Email and Pride Parade

Dear UWOSA Members

Our UWOSA email and website are working again after two and a half weeks of being off line. Our sincerest apologies to those who have emailed us over the last couple of weeks and have received no response. We are currently going through all the missed emails and will be in touch with those of you who have tried to contact us as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Pride Parade

This Sunday, July 24th UWOSA will be joining with the other unionized employee goups on campus and marching in the Pride Parade. My family and I will be particpating and I hope as many UWOSA members can come out and join us. It's always a lot of fun. We'll be meeting in the Western Fair parking lot around noon. Just look for the UWOSA and/or UWOFA flags.

Hope to see you there!

John Critchley

Reminder - UWOSA Float Days

To all UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that, according to Article 21 – Paid Holidays of the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members (Continuing, Sessional and Term) were granted two UWOSA floating holidays to be used by June 30, 2016.

Keep in mind that UWOSA floating holidays may not carry forward to the next year, so be sure to use them.

If you have not already done so, please make arrangements with your supervisor to schedule a day (or two) off as soon as possible (and before June 30th)!

Effective July 1st, two new float days will be granted, to be used before June 30, 2017.

You are Invited to the Spring 2016 Columbia Employee Store Sale

You are Invited to the Columbia Employee Store Sale

When: May 23 - June 26, 2016

Where: Columbia Employee Store, 1425 Max Brose Drive, Unit 1, London, ON N6N 0A2

• SPRING product is in the store. Be sure to come early and visit the store often to get the best selection on styles and sizing!
• Special Employee store pricing is applied to all products in the store
• Includes all brands in the Columbia Sportswear family of brands
• Titanium is our newest featured technology – designed for cool, dry comfort all summer long!

How to participate:
Go to our UWOSA website, Member Area, UWOSA Discounts to print off your Columbia invitation and instructions.

This invite is non-transferable but you are welcome to bring your family with you (up to 4 guests).

You will need your UWOSA card, Western I.D. and photo I.D. and your invitation (must be on paper) to gain entry to this event. If you do not have a UWOSA card, please contact

UWOSA Standing Committee and Joint UWO/UWOSA Committee Vacancies

UWOSA Representatives Needed for Joint UWO/UWOSA Committees

Dear UWOSA member,

As we have just entered a new electoral term, the following committees require UWOSA representatives:

Employee Assistance Program Committee (one member required for a two year term):
The Employee Assistance Program Committee shall be responsible for: (a) Monitoring the overall effectiveness of the policy and its procedures (b) Monitoring the services provided by the agency under this policy (c) Providing assistance and support in the planning, coordination, presentation and publicity of Employee Assistance Program information and training sessions on a continuing basis (d) Recommending for payment all appropriate expenses and services provided under the Plan, and ensuring that the agency's services and costs are appropriately audited (e) Recommending the agency with which the University shall contract counselling services in support of the Employee Assistance Program 5.03 Recommendations regarding the foregoing responsibilities will be directed to the Assistant Vice President, Human Resources (MAPP 3.8)

Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic(one member required for a two-year term):
The ACPT is responsible for recommending initiatives on parking and traffic for the campus.

Parking Appeals Committee (one member required for a two-year term):
The Parking Appeals Committee is responsible for arriving at objective and fair decisions in regards to infraction appeals.

President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus (one member for a two year term):
This committee has adopted the following goals: Monitor the current situation relative to the safety of women on campus; Recommend initiatives which will have a positive impact on the safety of women on campus. These initiatives should focus not only on physical safety issues but on educational projects which address climate issues; Raise awareness in the University community of safety issues specific to women; Encourage and promote the efforts of other community groups in all initiatives to improve the safety of women; Present the Committee's finding and recommendations to the President of the University and the University community.

Environmental and Laboratory Safety Committee (one member required for a two-year term):
This committee offers information and links of a variety of services to assist in providing a healthy and safe laboratory environment.
Learning, Staff Development and Training Committee (2 members required for a two year term): This team supports the development of staff across the University to be successful with their present and changing roles and accountabilities. They plan, create, access, advocate for, or sponsor opportunities to support identified development needs. Learning, Staff Development, and Training is focused on supporting people to grow in the workplace, to realize their potential, and to perform their roles to meet the outcomes required.

If you are interested in joining, please sign into the Member Area of the UWOSA website, under Forms and fill out the Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment. You may then email your form to

The Stewards Council will appoint representatives to these committees at its June 15, 2016 meeting.

UWOSA Members Needed for UWOSA Standing Committees:

As we have just entered a new electoral term, all UWOSA committees have openings for new members:

Constitution & Bylaws Committee:
Chair: Meg Perinpanayagam, Vice President
This committee reviews, provides clarity and recommends changes to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Education and Training Committee:
Chair: John Critchley, President
This committee develops and proposes programs and policies which will advance the educational and training needs and interests of the Association membership. They establish criteria and adjudicate applications from members for education and training opportunities.

Finance Committee:
Chair: James Taron, Treasurer
This committee reviews UWOSA’s financial statements and investments.

Membership, Newsletter & Social Committee:
Co-Chairs: Katie Merchant, Membership Services Officer and Meg Perinpanayagam, Vice President
This committee works to advance the educational, social and cultural interests of the Association membership and publishes the newsletter.

Negotiations Committee:
Chair: Meg Perinpanayagam, Vice President
This committee collects information at local, provincial and federal levels pertinent to university salaries and benefits, gathers information from members regarding issues pertinent to contract negotiations, and prepares a salary/benefits brief.

If you are interested in joining, please sign into the Member Area of the UWOSA website, under Forms and fill out the Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment You may then email your form to the appropriate chair as indicated.

Labor Action in our Community

Posted on behalf of L102, Western Campus Police, Julie McGuffin, President, OPSEU L102:

Brothers and Sisters,

The members of L102 Western Campus Police have been in bargaining for some time now and since the start of the process the employer has made bargaining a challenge. Before meeting with the team the employer filed for conciliation and most recently has filed for a no board report, placing these members in a potential lock out situation VERY soon. Therefore we are holding another:


Friday May 13th
8:45 AM
Western Rd. and Lambton Dr. (Entrance to Alumni Hall)

This is a small but mighty unit of 10 members, most of whom are scheduled to work patrolling the ceremonies so we need all those who can, to come out and show support.

Any questions please forward to me,

In Solidarity,
UWOSA Executive Committee

UWOSA Executive Committee Vacancy: Secretary

Dear UWOSA Members,

Heather Guizzetti has decided to step down from the Secretary role for the 2016 – 2018 term. We thank Heather for her contributions as the Membership Services Officer over the past ten months. Heather was instrumental in managing the annual luncheons, addition of the Laura Secord discount, introducing the Forest City Sport and Social Club to our membership, and revitalizing our collaboration with the Union Savings program. Heather’s expertise, organization, time, and effort will be missed.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Secretary will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2018 at the May 18, 2016 meeting of the Stewards Council.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum of 200 words) to by May 13, 2016 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at Somerville House room 3355 to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Secretary.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please email

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Middlesex College, Room 110. - Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.

You are entitled to 2 hours away from work (including your regularly scheduled meal period) to attend this meeting. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.

The agenda will be as follows:

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes: General Meeting held December 10, 2015 (Member Area)*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report
5. Report of the Treasurer
a) Presentation of the Proposed 2016-2017 Budget for Approval
b) Appointment of the Auditor for 2016-2017 Financial Statements
6. Report of Other Officers
7. Reports of Standing Committees
8. Reports of Special Committees
9. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
10. New Business
11. Adjournment

*You must sign in to view the Member Area, General Meeting minutes for December 10, 2015

Reminder About London Lightning Game Tomorrow

Looking for something to do inside on a rainy, possibly snowy and cool weekend? Just a friendly reminder of our March 14 invitation to join your fellow UWOSA members and their families at a discounted London Lightning basketball game this Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door with no additional fees added, or online or by phone (additional charges apply for orders made online and by phone); see the March 14 invite for more information. If you have been accidentally charged service fees for purchases made in person, please email and we will coordinate a refund for the $2/ticket fee with our contact at Budweiser Gardens.

Hope to see you there!

Heather Guizzetti on behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee

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