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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).

A Message from our UWOSA President

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming UWOSA Annual General Meeting being held on Tuesday, April 25th at 12:00 pm in the Arts and Humanities Building (AHB), Room 1R40.

This is an important meeting as we will be discussing and voting to approve the 2017-2018 operating budget. As you should be aware from the agenda sent out on April 12th, under a recommendation from UWOSA’s Finance Committee, a motion will be made to raise our dues by 0.45% which would increase our current dues set in 1997 at 1.25% to 1.70%.

In addition, your UWOSA Negotiating Team is preparing to enter into collective bargaining with the university to negotiate a new collective agreement. Information and updates on the bargaining process will be provided at this meeting.

We will also be providing information on the current state of our job evaluations and the new Job Evaluation System as well as the status of our formal complaint with the Pay Equity Commission against the University.

I urge every member to attend this important meeting. Please remember, as per Article 7.07 in the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members are entitled to two hours without loss of pay to attend the Annual General Meeting (this includes our regularly scheduled meal period). For those members that work off main campus, you are entitled to an additional hour to allow for travel time.

Please notify your supervisors as soon as possible of you intent to attend the meeting and please email us at info@uwosa.ca if you are prevented from attending.

Thank you.

John Critchley
UWOSA President

Announcement: Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Arts & Humanities Building, room 1R40.

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.

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, the agenda will be as follows:
1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes: General Meeting held December 13, 2016 (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

**A motion will be made to raise dues by .45% to a total of 1.7%

UWOSA 2017 Seniority List Available

The UWOSA Seniority List as of March 31, 2017 has been posted in the Member Area of our website, www.uwosa.ca.

If you are a new UWOSA member and have not received your UWOSA access email, or if you are a current member and are having difficulty accessing your account on our website, please contact the UWOSA office for assistance.

If you are a Continuing or Sessional member, please review your information carefully to ensure it is accurate. If you believe it is not, please contact the UWOSA office at info@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA Members: Union Savings Contest

UWOSA is a member of Union Savings.

UWOSA Members: Union Savings Contest

Our members can receive discounts on the following:

* Insurance (Accident, Critical Illness, Guaranteed Issue, Home, Auto, Travel, and Term Life)
* Credit Card
* Mortgages
* RESP for Education
* Car Rentals
* Real Estate
* Movers
* Hotels

Union Savings is Canada's only not-for-profit, union run members' benefit program that uses economies of scale to negotiate discounts on a variety of services for union members. By working with more than a million union members across Canada, they continuously work to find new ways to save members money.

As a UWOSA member, registration is free by visiting www.unionsavings.ca or call 1-800-418-2990.

From March 1 - October 31, 2017, Union Savings is giving away cash and prizes to Union Members across Canada. For more information, visit www.winwithunionsavings.ca for more information.

"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

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