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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).

We Need Your Input: 2016 Membership Information Survey

October 26, 2016

Dear UWOSA Member,

The final year of our current collective agreement has arrived, and our Negotiations Committee requests your input to form the direction the Committee should take on your behalf at the upcoming round of negotiations in 2017.

Please log into our website, www.uwosa.ca, and go to Member Area main page for the survey link to the 2016 Member Information Survey.

UWOSA uses Qualtrics, but we have our own account and it is not linked to the University’s account.

In addition, all of your answers will remain confidential and are not linked to one individual or an IP address. Again, the information you provide will help the Negotiations Team at the next round of collective bargaining in 2017.

The survey will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on November 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts and time.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Chair, Negotiations Committee
info@uwosa.ca

Message from the UWOSA President

Dear UWOSA Members,

I am pleased to announce that Nikki Grozelle has been acclaimed as Chief Steward for the remainder of the 2016-2018 term. Nikki is an Animal Laboratory Specialist in Animal Care, Veterinary Services.

Nikki brings to the role a passion to advocacy for unionized labour and safety in the workplace as well as excellent organizational skills. She looks forward to meeting with members, working closely with our Area Stewards and Executive Officers to protect our rights under the collective agreement.

Nikki begins her role as Chief Steward on November 1, 2016 and can be reached at extension 86911 or by email at: nikki@uwosa.ca.

Katie Merchant, our current Membership Services Officer, has decided to step down from this role for personal reasons. We thank Katie for her contributions in her position as she brought new ideas, energy and leadership to this role.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Membership Services Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2018 at the November 16, 2016 meeting of the Stewards Council. The duties of the Membership Services Officer are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, Article 7.6.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please fill out and submit a Nomination form and send to info@uwosa.ca by November 4, 2016. The nomination form can be found in the Member Area section of our website, www.uwosa.ca.
Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 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 Membership Services Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please email info@uwosa.ca.

In solidarity,
John Critchley

Position Vacancy: Chief Steward

Val Van Domelen retired from Western University on August 31, 2016, and as such has vacated the office of Chief Steward. This role will be treated as a secondment from a current role at Western University until April 30, 2018.

This is a full-time release position as per Article 7.08c of the collective agreement and is open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. Responsibilities of the Chief Steward are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, section 7.0 “Officers of the Association.” If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief biography to info@uwosa.ca by September 23, 2016, to be submitted for review by our Stewards Council.

All applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Noon to provide a brief (3 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine our new Chief Steward.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please email info@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA News: Latest Issue Now Available

We are pleased to announce that beginning with this issue, the UWOSA newsletter is now electronic.

Please visit our website in the Member Area section to read the latest issue.

If you require this document in an alternative format such as large print or a coloured background, please email the UWOSA Office.

Reminder - UWOSA Float Days

To all UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that, according to Article 21 – Paid Holidays of the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members (Continuing, Sessional and Term) were granted two UWOSA floating holidays to be used by June 30, 2016.

Keep in mind that UWOSA floating holidays may not carry forward to the next year, so be sure to use them.

If you have not already done so, please make arrangements with your supervisor to schedule a day (or two) off as soon as possible (and before June 30th)!

Effective July 1st, two new float days will be granted, to be used before June 30, 2017.

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