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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).

Call for Nominations - UWOSA Vice President

Dear UWOSA Members,

Stephanie Macleod has resigned as Vice President to accept a position outside UWOSA. We would like to thank Stephanie for her contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her new role.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Vice President will be appointed for the electoral term May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2014 at the April 4th meeting of the Stewards Council, as per the Constitution and Bylaws.

This is a full-time release 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 March 31, 2012 to be submitted to Stewards’ Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards’ Council meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in UCC Room 379 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 Vice President.

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

Migrant Workers Family Support Fund Established after Hamptstead Tragedy

A tragic collision took place near Hampstead, Ontario, when a flatbed truck collided with a passenger van carrying thirteen agriculture workers working in the poultry industry. Police at the scene reported that the victims in the passenger van were migrant workers. The driver of the flatbed truck was also killed in the collision.

In the wake of the tragic accident, UFCW Canada and the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) have set a Migrant Workers Family Support Fund to immediately assist the families of the workers who were killed, as well as the families of the injured in the horrific accident.

100% of the collected funds donated will be donated to the benefit of families of the injured or killed workers, who include 13 agriculture workers, as well as the driver of the colliding vehicle.

The fund was established on February 7.

To make a contribution to this fund, click HERE

Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals who won prizes in the 2012 UWOSA Photo Contest:

2012 Lunchtime Training Sessions Beginning in February

The first round of UWOSA's Lunchtime Training Sessions begins next week with, "Your Rights and Responsibilities under the UWOSA Collective Agreement". You have 8 opportunities to attend this session:

- Tuesday, February 21st in Elborn College, Room 2155 at 12:00 pm
- Tuesday, February 21st in Elborn College, Room 2155 at 1:00 pm
- Tuesday, February 21st in UCC Room 37 at 12:00 pm
- Tuesday, February 21st in UCC Room 37 at 1:00 pm
- Friday, February 24th in Spencer Engineering Room 2099 at 12:00 pm
- Friday, February 24th in Spencer Engineering Room 2099 at 1:00 pm
- Friday, February 24th in Natural Science Room 7 at 12:00 pm
- Friday, February 24th in Natural Science Room 7 at 1:00 pm

Registration forms will be distributed during the UWOSA Luncheon on February 14th and are also available here.

Snacks will be provided during the sessions, and participants will have the chance to win a UWOSA water bottle. Please bring your own refreshments.

Annual General Meeting

The UWOSA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Middlesex College, Room 110.

Members are entitled to two hours of release time (including the member's regularly scheduled lunch period) to attend this meeting. For members who work off the main UWO campus, this time is extended to allow for reasonable travel time not to exceed one hour in total.

An agenda for this meeting will be sent via email to all UWOSA members.

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