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UWOSA Announcement: Columbia Store Invitation: December 1 - 24, 2017

UWOSA Members,

Please sign into the Member Area (on main page) to get your special invitation and details on how to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store. This invitation is good from December 1 - 24, 2017.

Happy Shopping!

~Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee

UWOSA Announcements

New Collective Agreement is Available Online

The July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2021 Collective Agreement is Available on the UWOSA website ( from the home UWOSA page, under the Main Menu section by clicking the “About UWOSA” tab.

As per Article 7.11, Western shall print and distribute one copy of this Agreement to each employee and provide 100 copies to UWOSA.

If you have questions regarding the above information, please contact UWOSA at

In Solidarity,
The Negotiations Team

Announcement: UWOSA General Membership Meeting

The General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. in the McKellar Theatre, 290 UCC.

Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.
Per our Collective Agreement, Article 7.07 (Union Representation), you are entitled to 2 hours without loss of pay or reduction of benefits, to attend this general membership meeting. These 2 hours include your regularly scheduled meal period. 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.

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, the agenda will be as follows:

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes: Annual General Meeting held April 25, 2017 (Member Area)*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report
5. Report of the Treasurer
6. Report of Chief Steward
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, to read the General Meeting minutes

Announcement: UWOSA Appoints Vice President

UWOSA is pleased to announce that the Stewards Council appointed Natalie Samuel as Vice President until the end of this term (April 30, 2018). Natalie has been UWOSA’s Membership Services Officer since June 2017, and as an active member of the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee since 2013.

Natalie works in the Faculty of Law, Career Office where she plans, organizes, and coordinates events. Her most recent experiences of being involved as the Membership Services Officer to organize the annual luncheon for 2018, Ronald McDonald House volunteer dinners, Budweiser Gardens discounts and the Columbia Store invitation event are all assets to her new role. Natalie will continue to Chair the Ad Hoc Communications Committee which is currently exploring web hosting for our UWOSA site.

Natalie begins her role as Vice President on December 1, 2017 and can be reached at extension 85041 or by email at:

Message from UWOSA President

Fellow UWOSA Members,

In the next couple of days you may receive past newsletter issues regarding the ratification information session, the job evaluation information sessions (that just happened) and other more recent announcements. On behalf of the ad hoc Communications Committee, we apologize for this slight inconvenience.

The bright side to a few extra and perhaps outdated emails is that you will continue to receive emails from UWOSA all at once (instead of in batches, as before), and I thank the ad hoc Communications Committee for their diligence and tenacity to fix this error.

Rather than send out additional and separate emails to you, I invite all of you to visit the website regarding the following announcements:

1. Silent Auction Items: - Please scroll down to read on main page. The deadline has been extended to November 17th instead of the November 10th (as you will see in the newsletter issue).

2. Newsletter: If you have not already done so, please sign into the Member Area, Newsletters, to read the most recent newsletter.

3. Temporary Back-Fill of Vice President: - Please scroll down to read on main page

4. December General Meeting: Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. in the McKellar Room (2nd floor UCC). More detailed information and an agenda will be posted in accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws.

The new collective agreement will be signed by both UWOSA and the Employer in the next week or so; however, if you have questions regarding the job evaluation, PDQ, or appeals process, please contact us at

As always thank you for your patience and support to our union!

In Solidarity,

Meg Perinpanayagam

Items for Auction: Printer and Bookshelves

The following items are being offered for auction:

A Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4050N comes with power cord and internet cable.

Wooden 5-shelf bookcase (originally purchased from Weldon Library) There are 3 in total.

If you are interested in bidding on this item, please complete the bid form and mail it in a sealed envelope to the UWOSA Office by November 17, 2017 (updated date). Only UWOSA members can submit bids.

If you would like to see the items in person, please visit the office at UCC 255.

Auction Guidelines

Bidding will remain open until November 17, 2017 (updated).

Please submit all bids attn: Olga Sauer, UWOSA office, UCC 255.

Upon receipt, sealed bids will be placed in a secure box in the UWOSA office. The items will be offered for purchase to the highest bidders.

If one or more members submit identical bids, the item will be offered for purchase to the member with the most seniority.

If no bids are received within 30 calendar days, the item will be donated to a registered charity or community organization identified by the Executive.

Payment must be made by cash, or a cheque payable to the UWO Staff Association. A receipt will be provided to the purchaser to record receipt of payment.

All monies received from the disposal of UWOSA’s assets will be deposited in the strike fund.

UWOSA Temporary Back-fill: Vice President


At present time, John Critchley our President is on an extended medical leave, and Meg Perinpanayagam will assume the role of President until the end of this term, thus vacating her position of Vice President.

Thus, UWOSA is currently looking to temporarily backfill the Executive Officer position of Vice President in accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws, Article 7.0 Officers of the Association, subset 11(b) must be enacted 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.

The Vice President position is open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. Responsibilities of the Vice President 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 November 10, 2017 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

All applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Noon, room 369 UCC, to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the temporary Vice President.

Please note that this is a full time release position, and will be treated as a secondment

If you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of the role, please contact Olga Sauer at

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