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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 Special General Membership Meeting

A special general membership meeting will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm in the Natural Sciences Building, Room 145.

All UWOSA members are encouraged to attend.

In Memoriam

It has been a sad autumn so far, with the loss of two of our colleagues, and a previous UWOSA member who became a SAGE employee. On September 16, we lost Maria Gaulhofer, a member in Microbiology and Immunology, who had been a member of UWOSA for 43 years. Also, earlier this month, on October 5th, Dagmar Cepelova, a member in the Ivey School of Business passed away. Dagmar was 52 years old.

And suddenly, this morning, Peggy Bugler of Financial Services also passed away. Peggy was a long time employee of UWO starting out in UWOSA and moving to the SAGE group in 1999 when UWOSA certified. Her circle of contacts, co-workers and friends encompassed the entire University community.

Peggy is survived by her daughter Roxanne and also the many foster daughters and children she had lent a helping hand to over the years. In providing a warm and loving home thru CAS, Peggy had not only opened her house and family to strangers in a time of need, but opened her heart and taught so many that we are all worthy of love. Her outgoing, friendly and humorous nature made Peggy a pure delight to all who knew her.

Just as you always brought a smile to our faces, radiated a warmth directly from your heart, your memory and name Peggy, will always bring a smile and a tear to our faces.

University of Windsor Ratifies Collective Agreement

Staff at the University of Windsor ratified a new 3 year contract. Details of the agreement can be found at:

UWOSA on /A\ Channel News

/A\ Channel aired a story on UWOSA last Thursday, October 7th, during our strike vote.

If you missed it, you can watch the clip here: UWOSA News Story

UWOSA Members Deliver 95% Strike Mandate

720 UWOSA members turned out to vote and delivered the negotiations team a 95% Strike Mandate. Ballots were cast on Tuesday, October 5th (following an information meeting), and again on Wednesday, October 6.

UWOSA has been without a contract since June 30, 2010.

"We will continue to bargain in good faith to achieve a fair and equitable collective agreement for our members," said Deb Novakowski, UWOSA President. "We will continue to resist attempts to erode the benefits we've worked so hard to achieve for our members since we certified over a decade ago."

UWOSA filed for conciliation to help advance negotiations. The first meeting with the conciliator is Friday, October 8th. UWOSA members will not be in a legal strike position until a no-board report has been requested and 17 days have passed after its authorization by the Ontario Minister of Labour.

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