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Reminder - UWOSA AGM Thursday, April 10th

To all UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that the UWOSA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 10th from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

John Critchley

Spring Discounts for UWOSA Members - Stratford Festival and Budweiser Gardens

Hello UWOSA Members,

Please go to "Members Only" for some great discounts on upcoming productions at Stratford Festival and Budweiser Gardens for the months of April, May, and June.

If you have forgotten your password, please contact Mary Hay for a new one.


Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

UWOSA Annual General Meeting - Thursday, April 10, 2014

To all UWOSA members:

Following is the notice and agenda for the 2014 Annual General Meeting. The documents accompanying the agenda can be found under the "Member Area" link on the UWOSA website ( You must be logged into the website in order to access the Member Area.

If you cannot log in, or would like paper copies of the agenda and documents, please contact Mary Hay at ext 85089 or


Thursday, April 10, 2014
Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40
12:00 to 2:00 pm


1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 12, 2013 and the Minutes of the Information Meeting for the Purpose of a Ratification Vote held August 29, 2013*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report (John Critchley)
5. Report of the Treasurer (Rob Fournier)
    a) Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ended April 30, 2013** (William Shanks, CA, BDO Dunwoody LLP)
    b) Presentation of the Proposed 2014-2015 Budget for Approval**
    c) Appointment of the Auditor for the 2013-2014 Financial Statements
6. Reports of Other Officers
7. Reports of Standing Committees
    a) Constitution and Bylaw Committee Recommendations (Karen Foullong)*
8. Reports of Special Committees
9. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
10. New Business
11. Adjournment

Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.

You are entitled to two 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 in the Members Only area of the UWOSA website (
** available for review in the UWOSA office prior to the meeting

London Lightning Basketball Playoffs - UWOSA Members Discount

London Lightning vs. Windsor Express

Date: Saturday March 29th - 7pm (Round 2 home game 3 of the NBL Playoffs)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Price: $14.00 adult or youth ticket - Lower Bowl (A savings of $12 off regular adult ticket and $5 off youth/senior ticket)
Promo Code: GPLAYOFF

Where to buy tickets:
Online: (additional service charge of $5 will be applied per ticket)
Call: 866-455-2849 (additional service charge of $5 will be applied per ticket)
Onsite: Budweiser Gardens Box Office

This promotion expires Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Officer

25% UWOSA Advanced Ticket Discount for "Six Vocal Ensemble" concert

When: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hensall United Church, 76 King Street, Hensall, ON
Price: $15 per person (advanced sale), $20 at the door

Six Vocal Ensemble is a relatively new player in the music world but it has not taken long to leave an indelible impression on its audience. Building upon the inspiration from groups like Rajaton, Club for Five, and The Real Group, Six has found its own balance between the choral, pop, and folk communities. The members of Six come from entirely different musical backgrounds. In its inception, Six came together as a group of opera and rock singers, jazz artists and choral traditionalists. With a common goal in mind, Six was able to forge a surprisingly unique sound. As the group developed, its members utilized their own musical backgrounds as a strength that adds to the complexity that makes Six. This diversity allows the ensemble to explore many genres of music, allowing its audiences to experience an unparalleled musical journey.

While each show differs, there is always a lasting connection between the singer and the listener long after the final note has faded.

Six Vocal Ensemble: (from the CBC site) (
Samples of their music can be heard at:
For more information or ticket purchase, please contact Jeff Smallman on campus at or at extension, 84851.

Thank you!
Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer
519-661-2111 ext.84796

Job Evaluation & Pay Equity Update

Dear UWOSA members,

As you know, we have been working on a new job evaluation system since our 2010 round of negotiations. Our Appendix L of the 2010-2013 collective agreement stated that the job evaluation plan "shall be implemented so as to ensure pay equity is achieved for this bargaining unit." During our most recent collective bargaining, we agreed to a new job evaluation system (JES2013). Under Appendix L of the 2013-2017 Collective Agreement, it says "The points bands for the JES2013 shall be developed jointly by an appointee of the University and an appointee of the Union."

After our most recent contract was ratified, we met with our appointee - a pay equity specialist who was very helpful to us in creating the new job evaluation system. She advised us that before we could agree on points bands, we would need information to ensure that our plan was compliant with pay equity. In order to be pay equity compliant, we need to identify male-dominated jobs as comparators for all female jobs in our bargaining unit (which is female-dominated overall). We requested this information from the Administration in November. To date, they have not provided us with the information that we asked for.

The employer wants UWOSA to agree on new points bands without providing the information needed to ensure that the new job evaluation system is pay equity compliant. Our appointee has advised us that the best way to protect our members is to have all the information we need before we agree to point bands. We have an obligation as a bargaining agent under the Pay Equity Act to make sure that anything we agree to will be compliant with the Act. Unfortunately, this process is taking longer than we expected.

If you submitted your PDQ after January 1 2014, please be aware that there will be a delay in assigning your classification until the points bands are established.

We are pleased with the new job evaluation system, but the implementation has not been fully worked out. There are a number of outstanding issues that need to be addressed and UWOSA is working in good faith to establish a pay equity compliant job evaluation process. We will keep you informed with updates on this issue.

Karen Foullong
UWOSA Vice President

519-661-2111 ext. 87574

UWOSA Seniority List Now Online

A new seniority list, complete to December 31, 2013, has now been posted in the Member Area of the UWOSA website ( You must be logged in to access the Member Area. If you do not have your login information, please contact Mary Hay (ext 85089 or email:

It is very important that each continuing and sessional member checks the information listed to ensure that it is accurate. If you believe that your entry may be incorrect, please email me at by April 1, 2014.

Deb Novakowski
Chief Steward

UWOSA Donation to London Food Bank AND Discounts for Gypsy at the Palace

Thank you for your Generosity!

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon. I believe Yolanda, Janice and their staff did a great job on preparing and serving two back-to-back luncheons! Lasagna and grilled vegetables were a perfect combination of comfort food on a cold February day.

I want to thank each of you for the generosity shown of donating non-perishable food and cash to the London Area Food Bank. UWOSA was able to donate $377 and 302 lbs. of food.

15% Discount to UWOSA Members to see GYPSY at The Palace Theatre

Musical Theatre Productions is proud to present GYPSY which opens March 28th - April 5th at The Palace Theatre (710 Dundas Street E) and is offering UWOSA members 15% off the regular adult ticket price for any GYPSY performance.

Tickets are available at The Palace Theatre box office online at or by phone at 519-432-1029. Please use promo code GYPSYCORP15.

GYPSY summary: Set during the 1920s fading vaudeville circuit, GYPSY portrays the rise of famed burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee and her domineering, overbearing mother, Rose. Mama Rose, the archetypal stage mother, steamrolls everyone in her way to propel her daughters into child stars. When the younger, more talented, daughter defects, Rose sinks all her hopes into the elder.

Musical Theatre Productions is a not-for-profit organization that provides affordable opportunities to see quality theatre right here in London Ontario while nurturing unique talent within our community. For specific information regarding the musical, please contact

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

REMINDER: Annual Luncheon and London Lightning Basketball

Friday, February 14th is our Annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon!

Please remember to come at the time stated on your ticket and to bring your ticket with you!

If you have any special dietary needs, please email Yolanda at

We welcome everyone to bring a non-perishable food item for the London Food Bank. (Suggested items include: powdered milk, oatmeal, canned beans, canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit/vegetables, canned juice, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, baby food in jars, baby formula, canned stew, or granola bars). We will also have a collection box if you want to make a cash donation.

Thursday, February 20th is UWOSA Night with London Lightning Basketball Team

There are still some seats available for UWOSA Night with the London Lightning Basketball Team:

When: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Game time: 7:00 p.m. London Lightning vs. St. John Millrats
Pre-Game Activities: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10.00 ea (child or adult)

• Pre-game meet and greet with the London Lightning Players and watch them shoot hoops before the game
• Formal Welcome and special question & answer before the game
• Same section seating for all UWOSA members
• Section highlighted during the game (camera on section for a big cheer)

You can get your tickets three ways:
1. By phone: 519-667-5700. Be sure to tell the customer service representative the promotion code: UWOSA
2. Online: Be sure to use the promotion code: UWOSA. Please note: if you purchase tickets online there will be a $5 courtesy charge per ticket
3. In Person: At the Bud Gardens box office. Give the promotion code: UWOSA.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please email Meg Perinpanayagam (
See you at the game!

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

Results of 2014 UWOSA Call for Nominations

Dear UWOSA members,

The deadline for nominations for UWOSA's Executive and Council of Representatives was January 31st. All offices have been acclaimed, so there will be no elections this year.

I am pleased to present you with your slate of UWOSA officers who will serve from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2016 as follows:

For the Executive Committee:

President: Karen Foullong
Vice President: Boun Thai
Chief Steward: Val Van Domelen
Membership Services Officer:Meg Perinpanayagam
Health and Safety Officer:John Critchley
Treasurer:Rob Fournier
Secretary:James Taron

For the Council of Representatives (by area):

A: Lori Dengler
E: Lotte Huxley
F: Mary Van de Ven
G: Heather Hutchison
H: David Murphy
J: Clarissa Reynolds
K: Carey Platt
O: Susanna Green
P: Nancy Warren
Q: Chrisanthi Skalkos
S: Meera Karajgikar

I would like to thank members of the Nomination Committee for their input. They are Jennifer Heidenheim, Shailesh Nene, Connie Sutherland, Chris Fleck and Mary Hay as the ex-officio member.


Mahillah Rafek
Chair, UWOSA Elections Committee

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