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"Dinner at our House" Volunteer with UWOSA at Ronald McDonald House

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

Our Membership Newsletter and Social Committee invites you to the following volunteer opportunity:

Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) “Dinner at our House”

Please join your fellow UWOSA colleagues as we come together for Dinner at our House nights at Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL). The RMHL Dinner at our House program provides a welcoming, supportive and secure environment to out-of-town families of seriously ill or injured children who are in London receiving medical treatment.

On the dates listed below, a group of our members (8-10 individuals per/dinner night) will help plan, purchase, and prepare dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (approximately 60+ individuals).

To help with the cost of the dinner which includes the entrée, salad, juice, & dessert, our members who volunteer to participate will be asked to contribute $10 (cash) that will be used to purchase the dinner items.

UWOSA Dinner Dates:

* Thursday, June 22, 2017
* Thursday, November 23, 2017
* Thursday, December 5, 2017

Time Commitment for each dinner:
The approximate time commitment is 3-4 hours from preparation to clean up.

Location:  The dinners will be held at the Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) at 741 Baseline Road East, London Ontario

Arrival and Preparation: 4:00 p.m. (varies on the dinner preparation time needed)

Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Clean Up and Departure: 7:30 p.m.

Please bring your $10 cash contribution towards the Dinner at our House by Wednesday January 25, 2017 (3:00 p.m.) to the UWOSA Office Room 255.

Sign Up Procedure:

If you are interested in participating in any of the Dinner at our House volunteer nights, please sign-up by clicking on the UWOSA Volunteer Sign Up Sheet below. Please write your name, email address, and your preference for the dates listed by indicating the number for your first, second, third etc. choices.

Any dates you do not wish to volunteer or are unavailable, please write “N/A” in the column.

You will be contacted shortly after the January deadline date by one of the MNS Committee members with further details and information about your dinner date selection(s). We will confirm and check-in with you about your interest and availability for the later dates.

UWOSA Volunteer Sign Up Sheet.

Please Sign-up by:Wednesday January 18, 2017 for all dates

Families and Guest Info

For those who have families and guest wishing to participate, we will be doing the following

FIRST PRIORITY will be for individual UWOSA members

SECOND PRIORITY will be for families and UWOSA member guests (UWOSA member must attend with their guest for the Dinner Date).

The minimum age for children to participate is 9 years old and above.

All participants including children and guest are asked to contribute the $10 (cash) for the purchase of the dinner items.

In the sign-up sheet in the column labelled Family/Guest please indicate the number of children and guest who will attend with you.

If you have any questions please contact Natalie Samuel or Stephanie Desarmeau.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit Ronald McDonald House.

Warm Regards,
Natalie Samuel, MNS Committee Member
Stephanie Desarmeau, MNS Committee Member

Great Wolf Lodge

JULY 2018 UWOSA Great Wolf Lodge Get Away

UWOSA Membership Newsletter & Social (MNS) Committee is excited to offer our members a Group Discount Rate for Great Wolf Lodge for July 2018.

Please review the information below carefully

The rate below is based on UWOSA fulfilling the minimum room bookings to qualify for the group rate listed in the Group Discount Rate section.


Group Room Booking Cut-Off Date: JUNE 18, 2018.


Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling the toll-free Central Reservations Department at 1-800-605-9653 or visit and  use the following booking code1807UWOSA

All reservations must be guaranteed by the individual and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Each individual has up to 72 hours prior to arrival date to cancel the individual room with a $40.00 cancellation fee per room.

If the individual cancels the room within 72 hours of arrival date, 100% of the first night’s room rate plus tax will be charged to the individual’s credit card or taken from the deposit.


Group Room Booking Cut-Off Date: JUNE 18, 2018. 


Should the minimum number of rooms not be booked for the group rate discount to apply, a notice will be posted on the UWOSA website on JUNE 4, notifying the membership of this update. Individuals who have already booked will have the option to cancel their reservation and incur only the $40 cancellation fee per room provided cancellation is done 72 hours prior to arrival date OR pay the non-discounted rates (See below).


Check-in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am. Guests arriving before 4:00pm will be assigned rooms as they become available.

Members must present valid member ID or documentation at check-in. (ex. Western ONEcard)

Group Discount Rate

Non-Discounted Rate

Wednesday July 18    $209.99          

Wednesday July 18       $339.99

Thursday July 19         $219.99

Thursday July 19            $359.99

Friday July 20               $249.99

Friday July 20                 $379.99

Saturday July 21          $269.99

Saturday July 21            $419.99

*  All of the above rates are quated in Canadian Funds per room, per night subject to applicable provincial taxes and fees

* Guestroom rates are quoted per night, single, double, triple and quad occupancy.

* Up to 4 water park passes included per guestroom, per day, additional guest passes can be purchased for an additional $ 50.00 per person / per day to a maximum 6 persons per guestroom (based on a family suite).

* Complimentary parking

* Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet

* All suites include: an in room safe, a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker and an iron and board.


SPECIAL GUEST ROOM REQUESTS: Hotel will grant Group the following special guestroom requests. Hotel will not guarantee any special requests except those set forth below:


*  Standard rates (Family Suites ) as quoted above are based on 1 - 4 people per room and include water park for up to 4 people per room, additional water park passes can be purchases for an additional $50.00 per room / per night (maximum 2)


*  Upgrades to Kid Kamp or Wolf Den Suites for an additional $ 50.00 per room / per night, based on availability – includes up to 4 waterpark passes


*  Upgrades to Kid Cabin or Loft Suites for an additional $ 100.00 per room / per night – includes up to 6 water park passes, based on availability


Upgrades to Majestic Bear Suites for an additional $ 120.00 per room / per night – includes up to 6 water park passes, based on availability

If you have questions please contact Natalie at

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

Request from the UWOSA President

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

As per the Employer's Review Schedule of UWOSA Position Descriptions (Article 44.02), all position description questionnaires (PDQs) on the new evaluation form (JES2013) should have been completed by December 31, 2016.

If your PDQ has not been started or you are working on it with your supervisor, but it has not been submitted to your Budget Unit Head/Dean's office, please email us immediately at

Thank you in advance.

In solidarity,
John Critchley, President, UWOSA

A Message from the UWOSA President

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

The UWOSA Executive and our Pay Equity/Job Evaluation Consultant, Daina Green, continue to work with the Employer and their consultant to complete the process of developing and implementing point bands so that all our new job evaluation forms (PDQs) can be properly evaluated with the new system. Unfortunately, our consultant has reported that the process is stalled and minimal progress has been made since the summer.

While it was always UWOSA’s understanding that the new job evaluation system would be Pay Equity compliant and used by the Employer to achieve Pay Equity for our bargaining unit, the Employer continues to disagree with us. Their stance is that their original Pay Equity Plan from 1990 is still valid and that they have been maintaining pay equity for us all along.

While we had hoped to have seen some significant progress by late October with the job evaluation process, this has not been the case and both our UWOSA Executive and our consultant are frustrated with the continual delays on the part of the Employer. We have heard from many of you regarding your job evaluations and the continued delays and we know that you are just as frustrated.

Upon exploring all possibilities, our UWOSA Executive instructed our Association’s Pay Equity lawyer to file a complaint on November 4th with the Pay Equity Commission.

We will continue to ask our consultant to work with the Employer to complete the point bands so that all of our job evaluations can be completed.

In solidarity,

John Critchley
UWOSA President

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