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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 Contract Ratification Vote

A ratification vote will be held for the proposed 2010-2013 Collective Agreement between The University of Western Ontario Staff Association and The University of Western Ontario. This Collective Agreement was tentatively approved by both parties on November 5, 2010.

The secret ballot will be conducted in Room 255 at the University Community Centre (UWOSA office) on:

Friday, November 12, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and

Monday, November 15, 2010 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Members will be required to provide UWO identification in order to vote.

Members of the Executive and/or Negotiations Team will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed contract.

Tentative Agreement

We are pleased to announce that, after a marathon 19 hour negotiations session starting early yesterday morning, a tentative agreement has been reached between UWOSA and the UWO administration.

Details, including information on the ratification vote, will be provided at today's general membership meeting at 4:30 p.m. Please plan to attend.

With our sincere thanks our members for your continued support; we couldn't have done it without you.

Stephanie Macleod
on behalf of your negotiations team

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.

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