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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 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

Members Needed for Elections Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

The UWOSA Elections committee is currently being formed in preparation for the election on Thursday, March 1st, 2012.

This committee oversees nominations and ensures that elections are held in a fair and impartial manner. All members not running for office are welcome to join, and the committee elects its own chair.

If you are interested in being a member on the Elections Committee, please email or call ext 85089.

Thank you

Update on Labour Action In Our Community


We are happy to report that UWOFA-LA reached a tentative deal on September 20th. They ratified the agreement on Friday, September 23rd and the Board of Governors approved it the same day.
For more information and updates on UWOFA-LA, visit:


You will recall this is the group that represents Fanshawe College support staff and we are happy to report they also reached a tentative agreement on September 18th.
For more information and updates on OPSEU, visit:

Both of the above organizations have thanked us for the support we showed to them!


PSAC 611
This is the group which represents postdoctoral associates they are still trying to negotiate their first collective agreement with the university.
To support the postdocs, visit:

Labour Action in our Community

As most of you may know, there are currently two labour unions on strike in London in the postsecondary sector:


This group representing librarians and archivists here at Western are currently on strike because of the unacceptable pay gap between the library personnel at the university and their counterparts across the province. The 50 unionized librarians and archivists — most of whom are women — have been without a contract since June 30. According to UWOFA President, Bryce Traister, gender has become an issue during negotiations: “We hope to bring attention to what has been a long-standing problem in allowing this pay gap to not only sustain itself, but increase over the years.”

UWOSA members have the right to decline to perform the normal duties of UWOFA-LA members, and are exercising this right by refusing to do so when asked. We will not make it easier for Western’s administration to keep UWOFA-LA’s members on strike by taking over any of these duties. We support UWOFA-LA's members in their efforts to reach a fair and equitable contract.

For more information and updates on the UWOFA-LA strike, visit:


This group represents the support staff at colleges across Ontario, including Fanshawe College, and is also on strike. The union has informed the colleges twice that they are willing to move on their proposals, and the colleges responded that they are simply not interested in resuming talks. These workers are fighting for a fair wage increase, and for permanent jobs -- as the number of full time support staff has grown 4.9% but part time support staff have grown 8.91 % between 2006 and 2010. For more information, visit: or .

Other News
Another group here at Western, PSAC 611, which represents postdoctoral associates has been trying for two years to negotiate its first collective agreement with the university.

We are all feeling the effects of our wage increases not keeping in line with the rising costs of basic goods – food, utilities, gas, etc. These groups are fighting for modest salary increases. Although the university and college claim they are cash strapped, it is interesting to see where much of the public funds and tuition supporting these institutions are directed. You may want to review Western's 2011 Sunshine List to see how many NON ACADEMIC individuals are listed:

Remember, as union members, we’re all in this together, as a loss for one group eventually erodes benefits for all of us. Stand proud with the people who are fighting for what is fair. 2010 was the worst bargaining year for UWOSA yet, and 2013 is not that far away. We can make a difference together as a labour movement here in London in the post-secondary sector.

Support Western's Librarians & Archivists

Mediated talks between UWOFA-LA and the UWO administration broke down yesterday after extended negotiating sessions with the employer came to a deadlock at 11:00 a.m. UWOFA-LA is now on strike, and pickets have been set up on Richmond Street and Western Road.

What can UWOSA members do to support our fellow unionized employees?

1. Know your rights as a UWOSA member
Your union expects that you will not perform the work of the employees on strike. Article 5.04 in the UWOSA contract ensures that UWOSA members have the right to decline to perform the normal duties of striking or locked-out employees of UWO during a legal strike. Call the UWOSA office at ext 83028 or email if you have any questions or concerns about this.

2. Attend the rally on Friday, September 9th!
A rally will be held at the main university gates on Richmond Street on Friday at 12:15 p.m. Please attend and support the librarians and archivists at Western who are working to secure a fair contract with the UWO Administration.

3. Write the UWO Administration
Email President Chakma ( and Board of Governors Chair Frank Angeletti ( Tell them you support librarians and archivists at Western and the work they do for the entire Western community. Ask them to negotiate a fair and equitable contract.

4. Join UWOFA-LA on the picket line
Show your support by walking with these people for awhile. Together we can make changes on campus

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