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"Dinner at our House" Volunteer with UWOSA at Ronald McDonald House

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

Our Membership Newsletter and Social Committee invites you to the following volunteer opportunity:

Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) “Dinner at our House”

Please join your fellow UWOSA colleagues as we come together for Dinner at our House nights at Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL). The RMHL Dinner at our House program provides a welcoming, supportive and secure environment to out-of-town families of seriously ill or injured children who are in London receiving medical treatment.

On the dates listed below, a group of our members (8-10 individuals per/dinner night) will help plan, purchase, and prepare dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (approximately 60+ individuals).

To help with the cost of the dinner which includes the entrée, salad, juice, & dessert, our members who volunteer to participate will be asked to contribute $10 (cash) that will be used to purchase the dinner items.

UWOSA Dinner Dates:
* Thursday, February 2, 2017
* Thursday, March 2, 2017
* Thursday, June 22, 2017
* Thursday, November 23, 2017
* Thursday, December 5, 2017

Time Commitment for each dinner:
The approximate time commitment is 3-4 hours from preparation to clean up.

Location:  The dinners will be held at the Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) at 741 Baseline Road East, London Ontario

Arrival and Preparation: 4:00 p.m. (varies on the dinner preparation time needed)

Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Clean Up and Departure: 7:30 p.m.

Our First Dinner: February 2, 2017:
Please bring your $10 cash contribution towards the Dinner at our House by Wednesday January 25, 2017 (3:00 p.m.) to the UWOSA Office Room 255.

Sign Up Procedure:

If you are interested in participating in any of the Dinner at our House volunteer nights, please sign-up by clicking on the UWOSA Volunteer Sign Up Sheet below. Please write your name, email address, and your preference for the dates listed by indicating the number for your first, second, third etc. choices.

Any dates you do not wish to volunteer or are unavailable, please write “N/A” in the column.

You will be contacted shortly after the January deadline date by one of the MNS Committee members with further details and information about your dinner date selection(s). We will confirm and check-in with you about your interest and availability for the later dates.

UWOSA Volunteer Sign Up Sheet.

Please Sign-up by:Wednesday January 18, 2017 for all dates

Families and Guest Info

For those who have families and guest wishing to participate, we will be doing the following

FIRST PRIORITY will be for individual UWOSA members

SECOND PRIORITY will be for families and UWOSA member guests (UWOSA member must attend with their guest for the Dinner Date).

The minimum age for children to participate is 9 years old and above.

All participants including children and guest are asked to contribute the $10 (cash) for the purchase of the dinner items.

In the sign-up sheet in the column labelled Family/Guest please indicate the number of children and guest who will attend with you.

If you have any questions please contact Natalie Samuel or Stephanie Desarmeau.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit Ronald McDonald House.

Warm Regards,
Natalie Samuel, MNS Committee Member
Stephanie Desarmeau, MNS Committee Member

UWOSA to Support the London Food Bank in December

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

Our Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee has requested our membership support the London Area Food Bank for our 2016 holiday charity.

The London Food Bank has been providing relief to local families in need for nearly 30 years. Its mission is to help a caring community share its food resources; and it’s two-part mandate is to (1) act as a front-line agency assisting those struggling to make ends meet, and (2) act as a food warehouse and work with other agencies that assist people in need.

We will be collecting donations (non-perishable items and/or monetary donations) from December 1-21, 2016.

Please bring your non-perishable item(s) or monetary donation to to your Area Steward.

The London Food Bank has had an increase in need this year and greatly appreciates donations of the following specific food items:

• Canned fruit, vegetables, and legumes
• Canned tuna or salmon
• Canned meats
• Peanut butter
• Dried vegetables and legumes
• No salt added canned tomatoes
• Baby food & formula
• Rice & Pasta
• Special diet foods (gluten/lactose-free, etc.)

If you have any questions, please email the UWOSA office at info@uwosa.ca.

Thank-you for your generosity!

Best wishes,

Jen Heidenheim, MNS Committee Member

A Message from the UWOSA President

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

The UWOSA Executive and our Pay Equity/Job Evaluation Consultant, Daina Green, continue to work with the Employer and their consultant to complete the process of developing and implementing point bands so that all our new job evaluation forms (PDQs) can be properly evaluated with the new system. Unfortunately, our consultant has reported that the process is stalled and minimal progress has been made since the summer.

While it was always UWOSA’s understanding that the new job evaluation system would be Pay Equity compliant and used by the Employer to achieve Pay Equity for our bargaining unit, the Employer continues to disagree with us. Their stance is that their original Pay Equity Plan from 1990 is still valid and that they have been maintaining pay equity for us all along.

While we had hoped to have seen some significant progress by late October with the job evaluation process, this has not been the case and both our UWOSA Executive and our consultant are frustrated with the continual delays on the part of the Employer. We have heard from many of you regarding your job evaluations and the continued delays and we know that you are just as frustrated.

Upon exploring all possibilities, our UWOSA Executive instructed our Association’s Pay Equity lawyer to file a complaint on November 4th with the Pay Equity Commission.

We will continue to ask our consultant to work with the Employer to complete the point bands so that all of our job evaluations can be completed.

In solidarity,

John Critchley
UWOSA President

Winter 2016 Columbia Employee Store Shopping Invitation

You are Invited to the Columbia Employee Store Sale

When: November 21 - December 24, 2016

Where: Columbia Employee Store, 1425 Max Brose Drive, Unit 1, London, ON N6N 0A2

What:
• Winter has arrived! Be sure to come early and visit the store often to get the best selection on styles and sizing!
• Special Employee store pricing is applied to all products in the store
• Includes all brands in the Columbia Sportswear family of brands
• Titanium is our newest featured technology – designed for cool, dry comfort all summer long!

How to participate:
Go to our UWOSA website, Member Area, UWOSA Discounts to print off your Columbia invitation and instructions.

This invite is non-transferable but you are welcome to bring your family with you (up to 4 guests).

You will need your UWOSA card or Western I.D. and photo I.D. and your invitation (must be on paper) to gain entry to this event. If you do not have a UWOSA card, please contact info@uwosa.ca

We Need Your Input: 2016 Membership Information Survey

October 26, 2016

Dear UWOSA Member,

The final year of our current collective agreement has arrived, and our Negotiations Committee requests your input to form the direction the Committee should take on your behalf at the upcoming round of negotiations in 2017.

Please log into our website, www.uwosa.ca, and go to Member Area main page for the survey link to the 2016 Member Information Survey.

UWOSA uses Qualtrics, but we have our own account and it is not linked to the University’s account.

In addition, all of your answers will remain confidential and are not linked to one individual or an IP address. Again, the information you provide will help the Negotiations Team at the next round of collective bargaining in 2017.

The survey will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on November 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts and time.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Chair, Negotiations Committee
info@uwosa.ca

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