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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).

Negotiations Update

Fellow UWOSA Members:

Please visit our UWOSA website,, under the Member Area “Negotiations Information” for an update.

In solidarity,
UWOSA Negotiations Team

UWOSA Appoints Membership Services Officer

prepUWOSA is pleased to announce that the Stewards Council appointed Natalie Samuel as its new Membership Services Officer.

Natalie has been actively involved with the Membership Newsletter and Social committee for the past four years to organize and plan events for the membership. "The Membership Services Officer role appealed to me because of my interest in meeting new people and sharing new and similar interests. As well, my enjoyment for planning and organizing events and being involved in the community,"said Natalie when asked about her new role.

Natalie works in the Faculty of Law, Career Office where she plans, organizes, and coordinates events. Her experience of being involved in a number of community events from fundraising for Western Heads East, United Way Stair Climb Team Captain, United Way Sponsored Employee, and Dinners at the Ronald McDonald House will be assets to her new role. Away from Western, Natalie enjoys recreational activities including rock climbing, volleyball and other sports as well as dabbling with new recipes in the kitchen.

Natalie is looking forward to meeting fellow UWOSA members and exploring new and different interests for our membership. If you have an idea to share, or want to join the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee, please contact Natalie.

Columbia Employee Store: UWOSA Invitation June 5 - 25, 2017

The Columbia Employee store invitation for UWOSA has arrived, just in time for summer: June 5 - 25, 2017

To gain access to the store, please bring ALL of the following:

1) A printed copy of the summer UWOSA invitation found in the Member Area under Member Discounts and Volunteer Opportunities, entitled Columbia Store June Invitation

2) Show your UWOSA card or Western 1 card

3) A piece of personal photo ID

• This invite is non-transferable but you are welcome to bring your family and friends with you (up to 4 guests per person).
• You are welcome to visit us multiple times during your invite period.

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
1425 Max Brose Dr.
London Ontario, N6N 0A2

Holiday Store Hours from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31
- Mon-Tues: 10am – 7pm
- Wed-Fri: 10am – 8pm
- Sat: 10am – 6pm
- Sun: 11am - 5pm

Negotiation Update - May 27, 2017

Dear UWOSA Members,

As you are aware, our current Collective Agreement expires on June 30th, 2017. On May 25th, our Negotiating team met with the University’s team to begin the bargaining process for our new Collective Agreement.

We will post important updates on the collective bargaining process in the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website as our negotiations continue. You must be logged in to access the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website. If you do not have your login information, please email

Please be aware that during the collective bargaining process that the UWOSA office may be closed and there may be a delay in responding to your email and voice mail messages. Your patience during our negotiations is appreciated.

In Solidarity,

John Critchley

Update from our UWOSA President

Dear UWOSA Members,

For those of you that were not able to attend today’s Annual General Meeting, the membership in attendance voted overwhelmingly to increase our monthly dues by 0.45% from 1.25% set in 1998 to 1.7%.

This increase will ensure that UWOSA will continue to be able to represent our members and has allowed us to pass a balanced budget for 2017-2018. As per Article 6.01 of the Collective Agreement, we have sent written notice of this change to the University and expect the change to be reflected on our May pay.

On behalf of the UWOSA Executive, Stewards Council and Finance Committee, I would like thank all the members who attended this important meeting and participated in the discussion.

John Critchley
President, UWOSA

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