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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).

UWOSA Photo Contest Winners

It was a difficult process, as many fabulous photos were submitted, but the winners of the 2011 UWOSA Photo Contest were finally chosen. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Click on the "Read More" text below to see the winning photos:

Congratulations to Cindy Morrison - Outstanding Volunteer!

Congratulations to UWOSA member Cindy Morrison from FIMS who was recently awarded the Images of Hope and Labour Appreciation Award from the Canadian Labour Congress and the United Way.

The award recognizes outstanding volunteer service by members of the labour community to the United Way of London & Middlesex and other community agencies.

UWOSA Photo Contest - submission deadline January 31st

UWOSA Members: Submit your entries now to the Annual UWOSA Photo Contest!

Please submit original photos (not retouched) in print form to the UWOSA Office at UCC 255. On the back of each print, write your name, campus address, campus phone extension and print category (People, Places or Things).

1st and 2nd place winners in each category will receive a prize. All members who submit an entry will also be eligible for a draw prize of
Lunch for 2 at Michael’s.

UWOSA Supports the United Way Campaign

The annual United Way campaign is well underway and needs our support. This is a particularly difficult time for many in our community who have been affected by the economic downturn. At a time of uncertainty, one thing remains constant – the support of Western’s staff.

United Way has a formal and long-standing partnership with the labour community which has evolved and grown for more than 50 years; part of the reason for this is a shared vision about the importance of strong, healthy and prosperous communities offering a wide range of accessible, universal, and high quality social and public services.

Labour is critical to the success of United Way and to the health and strength of our entire community. Your continued support is essential in ensuring that our members, friends, and neighbours have access to the vital programs and services United Way funds.

When you contribute to the United Way, you help to support those in need through agencies in our community. United Way is about strengthening our community by mobilizing its resources to achieve positive and lasting change.

We encourage you to support this year’s campaign by returning your pledge forms and by participating in some of the events which will be held on campus to raise funds. The contribution made by Western employees is an important part of the larger United Way goal.

Results of UWOSA Ratification Vote

Members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) have ratified a new collective agreement by a vote of 637-29 (96%). A tentative collective agreement was reached in the early morning hours of November 5, after an 19-hour bargaining session.

Details of the agreement will be released once Western’s Board of Governors approves the deal on November 16.

Members of UWOSA had been without a contract since June 30, 2010.

"This was a very long and difficult round of bargaining; however, the overwhelming support of our members encouraged and helped us achieve the best contract possible in these challenging economic times," said Stephanie Macleod, Negotiations Committee Chair.

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