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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).

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:


UWOFA-LA

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: http://www.uwofa.ca/newsevents/


OPSEU 109

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: http://www.opseucaatsupport.org/petition or http://www.opseu.org/caat/caat_sup/bargaining2011/PDF/ways_to_help_engli... .

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: http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/publications/salarydisclosure/2011/univer11b...

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.

UWOSA Discounts - John Labatt Centre, Stratford Festival and London Knights

Hello everyone,

please visit the "Member Area" link on our site (www.uwosa.ca) for 3 new offers for UWOSA members:

JLC - Sesame Street Live
Sesame Street Live: ELMO MAKES MUSIC is coming to the John Labatt Centre on October 26th.

London Knights
For many UWOSA members who love a good hockey game, we are pleased to offer discounted Group Sales tickets for the London Knights home games again this year. I requested a simpler process for you and for me this year, and the Knights office came through! I think you will be pleased with the options for ordering your tickets. GO KNIGHTS GO!!

Stratford Festival
Once again, the Stratford Festival has provided us with a long list of productions at great prices -- plays at $25 and musicals for $30.

You must be logged in to view the Member Area of the site. If you cannot log in, please email info@uwosa.ca or call ext 85089.

Denise Farr,
Membership Services Officer

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 info@uwosa.ca 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 (achakma@uwo.ca) and Board of Governors Chair Frank Angeletti (franka@filion.on.ca). 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

Call to UWOSA Members - Come out and Show your Support for UWOFA-LA!

UWOFA-LA has asked UWOSA to support our Librarian-Archivist colleagues by participating in a series of planned information pickets. The information picket scheduled tomorrow, September 7th, will be held outside Weldon Library at 12:00 pm.

UWOSA Stewards will participate in this information picket, and all UWOSA members are being asked to come out and show their support and solidarity.

See you tomorrow at noon!

Sad News

UWOSA is sad to announce the passing of member Nikki Petrie in the Department of Nursing on August 23rd.

Nikki's department has posted a lovely page honouring her memory at: http://www.uwo.ca/fhs/news/stories/2011/08_25_petrie_nikki.html. Our thoughts go out to Nikki's family and friends during this difficult time.

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