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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 - 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.

FREE opportunity for female UWOSA members who want to quit smoking

FREE Smoking Cessation Program – Getting Physical on Cigarettes

Getting Physical on Cigarettes is a research study funded by the Canadian Cancer Society. The purpose of Getting Physical on Cigarettes is to help women quit smoking – for good. All participants in this program will receive a 10-week nicotine replace therapy system (NicoDerm patch) and a 14-week exercise program. The exercise program will be completed at the University of Western Ontario in a private work-out facility (

A participant will also be given the option to know the results of her body composition, lung health, vascular health, and fitness tests. She will have the opportunity to know the measured positive changes occurring in her body with exercise adherence and smoking abstinence.

The next group of participants will be starting in December. A participant information session will be held on November 25th at 6pm in the Health Sciences Building room 240. If you have any questions or if you are interested in becoming a participant, please contact Lyndsay (phone: 519.661.3211 or email:

Denise Farr
Membership Services Officer

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.

Reminder - Vote Today or Monday!

Please remember to cast your vote today or Monday. See the details below.

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