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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).

CALL FOR MEMBERS TO SIT ON UWOSA STANDING COMMITTEES

Constitution and Bylaws Committee

Membership: Open to all members in good standing

Duties
a) To review on a regular basis and provide clarity to the Constitution and Bylaws;
b) To accept items from either the Executive Committee, the Stewards Council, other committees, and members of The Association for consideration, and to deliberate on such items in a timely fashion;
c) To report in writing to the Stewards Council not less than once per fiscal year, and to recommend such changes as it considers warranted.

Membership, Newsletter and Social Committee

Membership: Open to all members in good standing

Duties

a) To investigate and propose programs and policies which will advance the educational, social and cultural interests of The Association membership.

b) To provide communications internal to The Association. This includes, but is not limited to the following duties:
i) To publish the Newsletter of The Association;
ii) To forward, or cause to be forwarded, items for The Association website publication;
iii) To construct and supply items for Stewards to post on Association bulletin boards.

If you are interested in joining in the work of these committees, please contact Mary Hay via e-mail at mary.hay@uwosa.ca

Stephanie Macleod
Vice President
UWOSA
Room 255, UCC
Phone: 519-661-2111, Extn. 87574
e-mail: smacleod@uwosa.ca

Members Needed - NEW UWOSA Training & Education Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

Last Thursday, at the Annual General Meeting, a change to Bylaw 5.2.3 added a new UWOSA standing Committee for Education and Training.

Communicating with members and sharing information served UWOSA well last fall during the collective bargaining process. One of our goals for this coming electoral year is to help develop the confidence and skills of UWOSA members through training opportunities. This will make us even stronger when we return to the negotiations table in 2013.

The duties of this committee are as follows:

• Meet at least quarterly and report to the Executive on a quarterly basis;
• Develop and propose procedures for expenditures of the Education and Training budget to the Executive;
• Investigate and propose programs and policies which will advance the educational and training needs and interests of the Association membership;
• Establish criteria and adjudicate applications from members for education and training opportunities;
• On an annual basis, present a report to the Annual General meeting.

If you would like to sit on this committee, please contact Mary Hay via email (mary.hay@uwosa.ca) or at ext 85089.

In solidarity,
Deb Novakowski
President

UWOSA AGM - Thursday, April 21

UWOSA's Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21st at 12:00 pm in the Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40. Agenda packages were mailed out to members today.

As a UWOSA member, you are entitled to 2 hours of release time (including your lunch break) to attend the AGM. For members who work off the main UWO campus, reasonable travel time up to one hour in total is also provided.

Please remember to bring photo identification to gain admittance to the meeting.

UWOSA Retreat Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to low enrolment, the 2011 UWOSA Retreat has been cancelled.

Instead, UWOSA will be holding Lunchtime Training Sessions on campus over the next few months.

We're hoping to have many of the same sessions described in the Retreat brochure available to you during your lunch period, right here at Western. Details regarding these Lunchtime Training Sessions will be sent to you as soon as they are confirmed.

Applying for UWOSA vacancies?

Article 12 – Vacancies

One of the gains we made at the negotiations table last year was a significant addition to the language of Article 12.03 d).

UWO is now required to inform UWOSA of the name of the successful applicant as soon as a position has been filled. In the past, we either had to wait until the lists were posted on the HR website which could take several months or contact UWO with specific requests for such information.

The benefit to you is that, if you are unsuccessful in a UWOSA job competition, we can provide you with the name of the person who was selected; this will assist you in deciding whether or not to grieve the hiring decision. As a reminder, Article 12.03 c) states that seniority is the determining factor when 2 or more applicants have relatively equal SAQs.

Also, under Article 12, UWO must consider all internal applicants before hiring externally for UWOSA positions.

Stephanie Macleod
Vice President
UWOSA
Room 255, UCC
Phone: 519-661-2111, Extn. 87574
e-mail: smacleod@uwosa.ca

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