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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).

UWOSA Response to Goudge Report

Meg Perinpanayagam, University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) president, said the Goudge Report’s findings raise more “concerns and questions, than satisfactory answers.”

“We were surprised the chair of the Board of Governors solely negotiated an amended contract with President Chakma without the approval of the Senior Operations Committee, who, in turn, has the responsibility of the contract, and was ignorant to the fact that it had occurred,”
Perinpanayagam said Tuesday. “Justice Goudge’s findings also called Shah’s actions a ‘simple misunderstanding.’ We were also surprised to learn that the chair of the Senior Operations Committee – who also is the chair of the Board of Governors – took the extra step to seek legal counsel externally. This action could be viewed as calculated or deliberate to circumvent the process.”

Perinpanayagam also questioned how Chakma could negotiate a double payment at the same time the university was asking to freeze unionized employment compensation.

“Mr. Shah said on April 1 that ‘in this time of fiscal uncertainty and restraint in the postsecondary education sector, Western’s Board of Governors is highly sensitive to the concerns expressed by members of the Western community and the wider public,’” Perinpanayagam continued. “This is the same man who approved, without his own Board’s knowledge, a negotiated double cash payment to enhance the President’s pension.”

Perinpanayagam said UWOSA maintains its non-confidence in the leadership of Chakma and Shah.

“We believe that in order for the university to move forward, Western’s administration and governance should be transparent, responsible, and accountable,” she concluded.

UWOSA Executive and Committee Vacancies

There are currently two volunteer opportunities available for UWOSA members:

Health and Safety Officer - UWOSA Executive

John Critchley has resigned as Health and Safety Officer as he has been appointed Vice President of UWOSA.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Health and Safety Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the November 18, 2015 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 200 words) to mary.hay@uwosa.ca by 4:00 pm on November 16, 2015 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Health and Safety Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA Representative - UWO Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic (ACPT)

The Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic was established by the Board of Governors to advise the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) on campus parking and traffic matters.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please forward a completed Committee Appointment Request Form, found here to Mary Hay at UWOSA, UCC 255, via email to: mary.hay@uwosa.ca, or by fax to ext 82180 by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2015.

UWOSA appoints new Vice President

UWOSA is happy to announce that the Stewards Council appointed John Critchley as its new Vice President at its meeting today.

John has been actively involved with UWOSA since 2010 and has held a variety of roles, including Council Chair, Area Steward, Health and Safety Officer, President and lead negotiator.

John brings to the role extensive knowledge of the collective agreement and labour law, as well as years of experience assisting members with understanding and ensuring their rights in the workplace.

Final 2015 Stratford Festival Offers Now Available

Dear UWOSA Member,

Please visit the "Members Only" area at www.uwosa.ca for some great discounts on upcoming productions at the Stratford Festival for September and October.

If you have forgotten your password, please contact Mary Hay for a new one.

Regards,
Heather

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Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer
UWOSA

Reminder - Nominations for UWOSA VP Being Accepted

Dear UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that the union is now accepting nominations for the role of Vice President.

This is a full-time release position, open to all members of UWOSA in good standing, and has a term ending April 30, 2016.

The appointment of the UWOSA Vice President will be made at the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 12:00pm in the Social Science Centre, Room 9420.

If you are interested in the role, please forward a brief bio to UWOSA's Business Manager, Mary Hay by 4:00 pm on Monday, September 14th.

You will be expected to attend the meeting on September 16th, and to provide a short (maximum 5 minute) presentation on your candidacy for the role before the members of Stewards Council vote.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

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