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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).

Trivia Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following members who were the first five individuals to correctly complete and return the Trivia Quiz in December's newsletter:

Chris Fleck
Meagan Seale
Clara Fernandes
Tom Crones
Sharon Story

Each winner will receive a lovely UWOSA water bottle.

Well done!

2012 UWOSA Photo Contest

2012 UWOSA Photo Contest
Submit your entries now!

The UWOSA Photo Contest has begun! This year’s contest has a WINTER THEME, so please ensure that your submissions have something to do with this wonderful season.

There are 3 categories: People, Places and Things. Each member can submit one winter-themed entry per category. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2012.

John Critchley - UWOSA's new Health & Safety Officer

UWOSA is pleased to announce that John Critchley has been appointed Health and Safety Officer. John was the Area H Steward for Weldon Library, and served as Council Chair prior to being appointed to his new role. John can be found in Western Archives, where he works as a records services assistant.

As the new Health and Safety Officer, John will maintain a watching brief on health and safety issues that affect UWOSA’s membership, investigate questions and complaints from members concerning health and safety, and continue to represent members on Western’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. He will also serve on the Executive, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the union.

UWOSA General Meeting - November 24th

The UWOSA General Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 24th in the Great Hall from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Agenda packages are being mailed to members on November 16th. Please remember to bring your staff identification cards to gain admittance to the meeting.

Call for UWOSA Health and Safety Officer

We are writing to let you know you that Jackie Sparks has resigned as Health and Safety Officer for UWOSA, effective immediately. Jackie has been a long serving Health and Safety Officer and we appreciate her many contributions to UWOSA, and wish her all the best.

Jackie’s resignation leaves the position of Health and Safety Officer vacant, and a replacement will be appointed to complete her term of office (to April 30, 2012) at the next meeting of UWOSA Stewards' Council on Wednesday November 23rd.

This position is open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you believe you possess the qualities to represent our members and wish to apply for the role, please email your bio (maximum 200 words) to Mary Hay at no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 21.

Applicants are expected to attend the Stewards' Council meeting on November 23rd in Social Science Room 9420 at 12:00 pm where they will briefly (maximum 5 minutes) present a synopsis of their interest and qualifications.

After all presentations have been made, Stewards will vote via secret ballot.

After reading the Constitution and Bylaws, if you have any questions regarding the position or the appointment procedure, please contact Mary by e-mail or at extension 85089.

the UWOSA Executive

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