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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).

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

July 2011 Newsletter

UWOSA's latest newsletter is going out in campus mail today.

An electronic copy of the newsletter can be found Here

Compensation for Travel Time for UWOSA Members

Members have raised the issue of when and how they are entitled to be compensated for travel time and other ‘work time’ when they are conducting University business; examples are job or student fairs especially those out of town. It seems timely to review UWOSA’s position, stated as early as 2001 which is based on legal advice and past arbitration decisions.

Any time during which the employee is required to be available for the University’s purposes is payable. If an employee is entirely free to do as she pleases during this time, it is likely not ‘work’. Only when a staff member clearly goes ‘off duty’ does the obligation to pay wages stop. Such times would include sleepover time, mealtime and free time.

In law, ‘travel time’ which is not to and from the usual place of work is ‘working time’ and time spent so travelling is ‘authorized time worked’ for the purpose of Article 32.03. For example, travel by train or car to and from a designated location is time directed by the employer and should be counted. Refusal to credit this time would likely constitute a violation of Article 32.

If the hours in a regular work week are exceeded as a result of these hours being included, the member is entitled to compensation under Article 32. A department may require that straight time in lieu is taken, but only if it is taken during the same workweek (Sunday to Saturday) that any additional hours were accrued. If not, these hours are considered overtime.

Numerous arbitrations as far back as 1975 (Canadian National Railway Company and Canadian Telecomms Union) have upheld unions’ positions that time spent travelling on employer business, i.e. time directed by the employer, is work time. The 1978 Wiberg and Treasury Board decision has been cited in many subsequent arbitration decisions in favour of unions.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact me at ext 87574 or

Stephanie Macleod
Vice President

UWOSA Bursaries

At the Annual General Meeting on April 21st, UWOSA’s membership approved a budget which included two student bursaries, each for $1,000 per year. For more information, and to apply for one of these bursaries, please click on the following Needs-Based Awards.

UWOSA Bursary
The UWO Staff Association Bursary is awarded to a dependent of a UWOSA member.

The Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary
The Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary is awarded to a single parent or the dependent children of a single parent, with primary consideration given to the single parent.

Who was Mary Campbell?

UWOSA is proud to offer a bursary honouring this memorable woman. The bursary was established after her death in 1983 in order to ‘enable a woman in economic need and with some commitment to social change, to pursue post-secondary education’.

Mary Campbell was born in Saskatchewan during the Depression. From a young age, she became involved in social movements, from lowering the voting age to 18 to the rollback of prices (which led to the formation of the Consumers’ Association). After moving to London, in the 1960s she became a part of the international women’s peace network and the Ban the Bomb movement.

When women workers in London and district became involved in a couple of bitter strikes, Mary Campbell organized support for them. As President of UWOSA, Mary worked hard at attaining labour union status, believing that this would provide the best protection for members. She was also a founding member of the London Status of women Action Group.

Mary Campbell was known as a warrior, a gentle person, a good listener, and a woman of action.

In Memoriam - Kris Milne

UWOSA is sad to report that one of our members, Kris Milne passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the age of 59.

Kris was born in Thunder Bay, May 7, 1951, and moved to London after high school and attended Fanshawe College. She worked in the Pathology department as a teaching aide technician for 36 years. During this time, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1993 and an honours degree in Visual Arts in 2001.

Kris enjoyed horse back riding and pottery making. Her small dog Ruby loved playing with Kris, especially fly ball. Carrying on will be her cherished son Nathan. Her devoted friend Mike will be seeing to the needs of her adored puppy Ruby. Barbie, Rob, Dave and Craille were with Kris every step of the way, and many other friends and co- workers, too many to list, are remembered today and always. Special thanks are extended from those who loved her to all her health care professionals, especially George, Becky, P.J. and Dr. Fleming. Kris is also survived by her sisters Judi and Lori, and Nathan's cousins in Thunder Bay. Arrangements are being made to donate, as per Kris's wish, one of her favorite paintings to Victoria Hospital.

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