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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 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.

Reminder: UWOSA BBQ - Thursday, June 4, 2015

Join us for the Annual UWOSA BBQ
Thursday, June 4, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This year's menu will be slightly different, as we will be featuring kebabs - if you are a vegetarian, please contact Great Hall Catering, so that they have a count for veggie kebabs. The menu will also include potato salad, sweet corn and make-your-own ice cream sundae with all the standard trimmings.

This year, we will be collecting donations for Habitat for Humanity Heartland, which builds simple, decent, affordable homes for low-income families in our community.

If you have specific dietary requirements, including vegetarian, please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer BBQ" in the subject line.

If you are unable to have dairy for dessert, there will be fresh fruit cups available. Please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer BBQ" in the subject line.

Ticket Distribution:
Wednesday, May 27th from 12:00-2:00 pm, UWOSA Office, 255 UCC
OR
Thursday, May 28th from 12:00-2:00 pm, UWOSA Office, 255 UCC

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, please email your Area Steward (see below for a list of Stewards) and ask for assistance.

List of UWOSA Stewards
ACVS, Robarts - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Arts & Humanities, Music - Chrisanthi Skalkos
Arts & Humanities, Music (alternate) - Alyssa Evetts
Dentistry - Leesa Couper
Education - Susanna Green
Engineering - Karen McDonald
Facilities Management - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Finance, HR, ITS, IPB - Lori Johnson
Health Sciences - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Housing & Hospitality Services - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Information & Media Studies - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Ivey Business - Clarissa Reynolds
Law - Duncan Archibald
Libraries - Evan Wiley
Libraries - David Murphy
Libraries (alternate)- Crystal Mills
Medicine - Basic Clinical - Jackie Windsor
Medicine - Basic Science - Meera Karajgikar
Medicine - Clinical - Lori Dengler
Medicine - Dean's Office - Maureen O'Connell
Retail Services - Lotte Huxley
Science - Cinthia Maclean
Science - Jennifer Heidenheim
Social Science - Mary Van de Ven
Student Services - Heather Guizzetti
VP External, VP Research- contact Meg Perinpanayagam

Regards,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Vice President

UWOSA BBQ - Thursday, June 4th

You Are Invited to the Annual UWOSA BBQ - Thursday, June 4, 2015 Great Hall, Somerville House Noon - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, June 4th as we celebrate summer with a UWOSA picnic in an pollen-free, air conditioned environment with plenty of seating for everyone.

This year's menu will be slightly different, as we will be featuring kebabs - so if you are a vegetarian, please contact Great Hall Catering, so that they have a count for veggie kebabs. The menu will also include potato salad, sweet corn and make your own ice cream sundae with all the standard trimmings. If you have specific dietary requirements, including vegetarian, please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer picnic" in the subject line.

If you are unable to have dairy for dessert, there will be fresh fruit cups available. Please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer picnic" in the subject line.

Ticket Distribution: Wednesday, May 27th from 12:00-2:00 pm OR Thursday, May 28th from 12:00-2:00 pm in the UWOSA Office, UCC room 255

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, please email your Area Steward (see below for a list of Stewards) and ask for assistance. If you do not have a Steward in your area, please email me at meg@uwosa.ca

This year, we will be collecting donations for Habitat for Humanity Heartland, which builds simple, decent, affordable homes with low-income families in our community.

If you have any questions, please email me at meg@uwosa.ca.

Regards,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

List of UWOSA Stewards

ACVS, Robarts - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Arts & Humanities, Music - Chrisanthi Skalkos
Arts & Humanities, Music (alternate) - Alyssa Evetts
Dentistry - Leesa Couper
Education - Susanna Green
Engineering - Karen McDonald
Facilities Management - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Finance, HR, ITS, IPB - Lori Johnson
Health Sciences - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Housing & Hospitality Services - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Information & Media Studies - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Ivey Business - Clarissa Reynolds
Law - Duncan Archibald
Libraries - Evan Wiley
Libraries - David Murphy
Libraries (alternate)- Crystal Mills
Medicine - Basic Clinical - Jackie Windsor
Medicine - Basic Science - Meera Karajgikar
Medicine - Clinical - Lori Dengler
Medicine - Dean's Office - Maureen O'Connell
Retail Services - Lotte Huxley
Science - Cinthia Maclean
Science - Jennifer Heidenheim
Social Science - Mary Van de Ven
Student Services - Heather Guizzetti
VP External, VP Research- contact Meg Perinpanayagam

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