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UWOSA is an independent union representing over 1,000 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). Western wouldn't work without UWOSA members.

Helping Those in Need This Holiday Season

This year, the Membership, Newsletter, & Social committee has decided that UWOSA will support LIFE*SPIN for our 2015 holiday charity.

LIFE*SPIN is a local organization that provides information and support for individuals surviving on low-incomes, and supports the empowerment and self-development of these individuals in their efforts to attain self-sufficiency. As in previous years, LIFE*SPIN is accepting contributions for families through donations of food, gifts, and monetary support.

Deb Ratz, Assistant Manager, for the LIFE*SPIN Free Store states, “For the past twenty years, LIFE*SPIN has facilitated a holiday sponsorship program that provides additional support to the poor families in our community. This program relieves poverty for low-income families with children over the holiday season. LIFE*SPIN matches low-income families with those wishing to help a disadvantaged family celebrate the holidays. We are again offering this program and have greatly appreciated your support in past years. Thank you again for your continued generosity and support; It is deeply appreciated.”

There are two ways you can help UWOSA support LIFE*SPIN this season:

1) Sign up as a group or an individual to support one family:

If you sign up on their website, you will receive a holiday “wish list” from the recipient family and can then coordinate the purchase of gifts for each child in that family. Gifts should be limited to a maximum of $25-$30 per child. You can also include a grocery store gift card for the family to shop together for their holiday meal or a small gift for the parents, although these are at your discretion.

2) Purchase or provide monetary gifts for underserved gift recipients that we will pass along to LIFE*SPIN to distribute.

LIFE*SPIN's most underserved group is children aged 13-18. Gifts for this age group could include gift cards (shopping mall, Chapters, iTunes, Subway, professional sports team items, etc.), chocolate or candy, nail polish, or school supplies.

In order for LIFE*SPIN to distribute gifts on time, please drop your donations off at the UWOSA Office, UCC Room 255, by 4 pm Friday, December 11.

If you have purchased for a specific family (Option 1 above), please ensure that you include a printout of your confirmation email so
that the representatives at LIFE*SPIN know who the gifts are for.

If you would like to receive a Charitable Tax receipt for the value of your purchases, please retain all your receipts and mail them to LIFE*SPIN by December 15th to P.O. Box 2801, London, ON N6A 4H4. Please note that they cannot issue the receipt for the HST portion of your donations in-kind.

If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact LIFE*SPIN directly, however, please note that they only have two telephone lines, so detailed messages and your advance patience are appreciated. Their phone number is 519-438-8676; fax number is 519-438-7983; and the email address is

Notice of UWOSA General Meeting

Dear UWOSA Member,

This is Notice that the University of Western Ontario Staff Association will be holding a General Meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Social Science Centre, Room 2050.

Following is the Agenda for this meeting. A copy of the Agenda and the attachments for the Agenda can be found in the Members Area of the UWOSA website ( If you would like a paper copy of these documents, please email

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 9, 2015**
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. Report of the President (Meg Perinpanayagam)
5. Report of the Treasurer (Rob Fournier)
- Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year ended April 30, 2015** (Paul Kensit, CPA, CA, BDO Dunwoody, LLP)
6. Report of Other Officers
7. Reports of Standing Committees
a) Constitution & Bylaw Committee (John Critchley)
- Proposed Changes to Article 7.12**
8. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
9. New Business
10. Adjournment

Please bring photo identification to gain admittance to the meeting.

You are entitled to 2 hours away from work (including your regularly scheduled meal period) to attend this meeting. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.

** available for review in the UWOSA office prior to the meeting

Member Advantage: Laura Secord Discounts This Weekend

The Laura Secord stores at Masonville Place and White Oaks Mall are offering a special VIP discount this weekend at their stores. All UWOSA members who show their UWOSA membership card & Western staff card will receive 20% off all purchases; this discount is not valid with any other offers or discounts. This offer is only valid November 20 – 22.

As a friendly reminder, the Columbia Employee Store discount is also in effect at this time and runs November 16 – December 20. Please review the procedures to obtain this discount on the UWOSA website as you must bring the invitation, your Western ONECard and your UWOSA membership card to be eligible for this discount at Columbia.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Heather Guizzetti

Membership Services Officer
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

VACANCIES: Staff Conference Advisory Committee and Learning, Staff Developement & Training Committee

There are two committes looking for UWOSA representation:

Staff Conference Advisory Committee
The Staff Conference Advisory Committee contributes to the successful planning and hosting of the annual Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference.

Learning, Staff Development and Training Committee
This committee, outlined in Article 46 of the collective agreement, is responsible for addressing the planning of learning, development and training initiatives for staff.

If you are interested in putting your name forward to sit on either committee, please download and complete the Committee Appointment Request Form and send it to the UWOSA office by campus mail to: UWOSA, UCC Room 255, by email to or by fax to ext 82180. All forms must be received by Monday, November 30, 2015.

The Stewards Council will appoint a member to this committees at its meeting on December 2, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. All applicants are expected to attend this meeting (location TBD).

If you have any questions, please call Mary Hay at ext 85089 or email

Member Advantage: UWOSA Exclusive Invitation from Columbia Employee Store

Just in time for holiday shopping, please visit the "Members Only" area for an exclusive offer from the Columbia Employee Store!

This invitation is only valid from November 16 - December 20, 2015.

Please be sure to read the instructions for store entry as you will not be admitted into the store without *all three* of the items listed. If you need a new UWOSA card, please contact Mary Hay (; if you need a new Western ONECard, please visit Student Central in WSS1120 with a piece of valid government-issued photo ID.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Free Concert, Grand Theatre & Budweiser Gardens Discounts

On behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in a couple of events this month and next. In an effort to make this email a bit shorter, please log in to the UWOSA website for more information on each. If you have forgot your username and/or password, please contact Mary Hay ( for a new one.

1. Free Orchestra Concert at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm.

2. A 20% discount to performances Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck at the Grand Theatre; Any show from November 26 – December 5.

3. Discounted tickets to a trick-or-treating event and performance by Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes at Budweiser Gardens on Saturday, October 31.

In the coming weeks, I hope to pass some information along about a Columbia Outlet Store discount (dates still to be determined) as well as a winter charity that we will be supporting, so please stay tuned for that!

If you haven’t already, please set aside some time on December 10 from Noon - 2:00 p.m. for the UWOSA Annual General Meeting (to be held in SSC 2050).

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

Members Needed for UWOSA Elections Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

The UWOSA Elections committee is currently being formed in preparation for the election on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

This committee oversees nominations and ensures that elections are held in a fair and impartial manner. All members not running for office are welcome to join, and the committee elects its own chair.

If you are interested in being a member on the Elections Committee, please email or call ext 85089.

Thank you

UWOSA Response to Goudge Report

Meg Perinpanayagam, University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) president, said the Goudge Report’s findings raise more “concerns and questions, than satisfactory answers.”

“We were surprised the chair of the Board of Governors solely negotiated an amended contract with President Chakma without the approval of the Senior Operations Committee, who, in turn, has the responsibility of the contract, and was ignorant to the fact that it had occurred,”
Perinpanayagam said Tuesday. “Justice Goudge’s findings also called Shah’s actions a ‘simple misunderstanding.’ We were also surprised to learn that the chair of the Senior Operations Committee – who also is the chair of the Board of Governors – took the extra step to seek legal counsel externally. This action could be viewed as calculated or deliberate to circumvent the process.”

Perinpanayagam also questioned how Chakma could negotiate a double payment at the same time the university was asking to freeze unionized employment compensation.

“Mr. Shah said on April 1 that ‘in this time of fiscal uncertainty and restraint in the postsecondary education sector, Western’s Board of Governors is highly sensitive to the concerns expressed by members of the Western community and the wider public,’” Perinpanayagam continued. “This is the same man who approved, without his own Board’s knowledge, a negotiated double cash payment to enhance the President’s pension.”

Perinpanayagam said UWOSA maintains its non-confidence in the leadership of Chakma and Shah.

“We believe that in order for the university to move forward, Western’s administration and governance should be transparent, responsible, and accountable,” she concluded.

UWOSA Executive and Committee Vacancies

There are currently two volunteer opportunities available for UWOSA members:

Health and Safety Officer - UWOSA Executive

John Critchley has resigned as Health and Safety Officer as he has been appointed Vice President of UWOSA.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Health and Safety Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the November 18, 2015 meeting of the Stewards Council.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum 200 words) to by 4:00 pm on November 16, 2015 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Health and Safety Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email

UWOSA Representative - UWO Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic (ACPT)

The Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic was established by the Board of Governors to advise the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) on campus parking and traffic matters.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please forward a completed Committee Appointment Request Form, found here to Mary Hay at UWOSA, UCC 255, via email to:, or by fax to ext 82180 by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2015.

UWOSA appoints new Vice President

UWOSA is happy to announce that the Stewards Council appointed John Critchley as its new Vice President at its meeting today.

John has been actively involved with UWOSA since 2010 and has held a variety of roles, including Council Chair, Area Steward, Health and Safety Officer, President and lead negotiator.

John brings to the role extensive knowledge of the collective agreement and labour law, as well as years of experience assisting members with understanding and ensuring their rights in the workplace.

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