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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).

Sad News

UWOSA is sad to announce the passing of member Nikki Petrie in the Department of Nursing on August 23rd.

Nikki's department has posted a lovely page honouring her memory at: http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/news/stories/2011/08_25_petrie_nikki.html. Our thoughts go out to Nikki's family and friends during this difficult time.

UWOSA supports UWOFA-LA

UWOFA-LA, representing librarians and archivists, has been in negotiations with Western's administration since April. Many of these sessions have taken place in the presence of a provincially appointed conciliator. On August 15, the negotiation team requested a "no-board" report, which has resulted in the Librarian and Archivist unit being in a legal strike position at 12:01 a.m. on September 8.

UWOSA is asking all of its members to support Western's librarians and archivists during this time. We will keep you informed of any information pickets or rallies that are planned. Let's make sure we show our solidarity!

Many UWOSA members work in libraries across campus. If you are one of these members, you should be aware of your rights under our contract when it comes to supporting our fellow unions either on strike or locked out here at Western.

Committee Vacancies - UWOSA Members Needed for UWO Committees

There are currently three committees requiring UWOSA representatives:

3rd Stratford Festival Offer for UWOSA Members - the Best One Yet!

UWOSA members can now purchase tickets for several different plays in July and August at a price of $25 for plays, and $30 for musicals.

Check the "Member Area" on the left for a list of the different productions, and the discount code. You must be logged in to see the "Member Area". If you do not have your login name and password, call ext 85089 or email info@uwosa.ca

Welcome Dax Chauvin - UWOSA's New Chief Steward

Dax Chauvin, a member from Housing, was recently appointed UWOSA's Chief Steward, and began his new position today.

Dax is from the Windsor area, and has a strong educational background in labour relations. He is looking forward to working hard on behalf of our members. Dax would like anyone with any issues, questions or concerns to contact him at ext 86911 or dchauvin@uwosa.ca.

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