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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).

Message from the UWOSA President

Dear UWOSA members,

At our monthly meeting earlier this afternoon, I informed the Council of Stewards about upcoming changes at UCC255. I would also like to share this information with you at this time.

It is with mixed feelings that I report to you today that I am resigning as President of UWOSA.

I was recently contacted about an extraordinary career opportunity back in my home department. One that I could not disregard.

Ultimately, I was successful in the competition and I have accepted the offer.

Although the timing of my resignation isn’t ideal, our Executive and Business Manager are a highly capable, deeply committed team of individuals that will, as they always have, continue the crucial work of guarding our interests and our rights as UWOSA members.

I am forever grateful to the Officers of our Association, to Mary Hay, and to the dedicated members of Stewards Council for giving me the opportunity to represent UWOSA as Steward, Lab and Environmental Safety Committee representative, Health and Safety Officer, Vice President, and President.

I will remain an Executive in the role of Past President beginning August 17th, coincident with Meg Perinpanayagam’s appointment as President.

Sincerely,
Boun Thai

UWOSA Auction - Colour Laser Printer

The following item is being offered for auction. If you are interested, please complete a bid form and mail it in a sealed envelope to the UWOSA Office by August 8, 2015. Only UWOSA members can submit bids. Click here for a copy of the bid form, which is also available in the UWOSA office.

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

Auction Item: HP LaserJet 3600N Printer.

Auction Guidelines

Bidding will remain open for 30 calendar days, closing on August 8, 2015.

Please submit all bids attn: Business Manager, 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 PDQ Survey

Effective January 1, 2014, a new comprehensive PDQ (Position Description Questionnaire, or job description form) was rolled out for all UWOSA members. Many of us have since expressed our frustration with the lack of response after submitting our PDQs to our supervisors.

Acting on these growing concerns, the UWOSA Executive is soliciting your help in determining the extent of the PDQ evaluation delays. Please complete this very short survey and send us your (preferably, signed) PDQ. The importance of your participation cannot be overemphasized.

The survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWYGJZQ

Thank you for your assistance and continued support.

Boun Thai
UWOSA President

UWOSA Executive Vacancy - Membership Services Officer

Dear UWOSA Members,

Meg Perinpanayagam has been appointed as Vice President, and therefore is stepping down from the role of UWOSA's Membership Services Officer.

We thank Meg for her contributions as Membership Services Officer over the past few years -- the annual Luncheons, BBQs, Take-a-Break trips, charity drives and discount programs.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Membership Services Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the June 17, 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 June 10th to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm (location TBD) to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Membership Services Officer.

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

UWOSA Float Days - Reminder!

To all UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that, according to Article 21 – Paid Holidays of the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members (Continuing, Sessional and Term) were granted two UWOSA floating holidays to be used by June 30, 2015.

Keep in mind that UWOSA floating holidays may not carry forward to the next year, so be sure to use them. If you have not already done so, please make arrangements with your supervisor to schedule a day (or two) off as soon as possible (and before June 30th)!

Effective July 1st, two new float days will be granted, to be used before June 30, 2016.

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