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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.

2015 Stratford Festival Discounts for August Performances

Hello UWOSA Members,

Please visit the "Members Only" area at www.uwosa.ca for some great discounts on upcoming productions at the Stratford Festival in August.

If you have forgotten your password, please contact Mary Hay at mary.hay@uwosa.ca or ext 85089 for a new one.

Regards,
Heather

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Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer
UWOSA

London Pride Parade

Dear UWOSA members,

UWOSA members are invited to join members of the Western community at the London Pride Parade Sunday, July 26.

The route begins at Western Fair, and proceeds down Queens Avenue to Victoria Park (approximately 3.4 km).

We will be meeting at 12:00 pm in the Western Fair Farmer's Market parking lot, and plan to begin the march at 12:30. Look for the UWOSA banner in the sea of purple.

For more information about Western's participation in the event, visit: http://uwo.ca/faculty_staff/pride/ or contact the UWOSA office.

Hope to see you there!

Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer

UWOSA Auction - Colour Laser Printer

The following item is being offered for auction. If you are interested, please complete a bid form and mail it in a sealed envelope to the UWOSA Office by August 8, 2015. Only UWOSA members can submit bids. Click here for a copy of the bid form, which is also available in the UWOSA office.

If you would like to see the item in person, visit the office at UCC 255.

Auction Item: HP LaserJet 3600N Printer.

Auction Guidelines

Bidding will remain open for 30 calendar days, closing on August 8, 2015.

Please submit all bids attn: Business Manager, UWOSA office, UCC 255.

Upon receipt, sealed bids will be placed in a secure box in the UWOSA office. The items will be offered for purchase to the highest bidders.

If one or more members submit identical bids, the item will be offered for purchase to the member with the most seniority.

If no bids are received within 30 calendar days, the item will be donated to a registered charity or community organization identified by the Executive.

Payment must be made by cash, or a cheque payable to the UWO Staff Association. A receipt will be provided to the purchaser to record receipt of payment.

All monies received from the disposal of UWOSA’s assets will be deposited in the strike fund.

Reminder: UWOSA PDQ Survey

Dear UWOSA members,

The feedback we have received from UWOSA members regarding the status of PDQ evaluations has been overwhelmingly negative. Many of you have reported being deeply frustrated with the indifference managers have displayed over PDQ updates, as well as the lack of communication and action on the part of Human Resources after receiving your PDQ.

As an individual member, you can have a significant influence in advancing this process for all of us by simply sending the UWOSA office your signed PDQ and, discussing the importance of this action with other members.

As a reminder, please complete the survey and send us your signed PDQ. I’ve copied my email and link to the survey from my original message of earlier this month.

Thank you,

Boun Thai
President

2015 Stratford Festival Discounts for July and August

Hello UWOSA Members,

As your new UWOSA Membership Services Officer, I’m pleased to share this season’s Stratford Festival discounts with you!

Please go to www.uwosa.ca in the "Members Only" area for some great discounts on upcoming productions at the Stratford Festival in July and August.

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

Regards,
Heather

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Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer
UWOSA

UWOSA PDQ Survey

Effective January 1, 2014, a new comprehensive PDQ (Position Description Questionnaire, or job description form) was rolled out for all UWOSA members. Many of us have since expressed our frustration with the lack of response after submitting our PDQs to our supervisors.

Acting on these growing concerns, the UWOSA Executive is soliciting your help in determining the extent of the PDQ evaluation delays. Please complete this very short survey and send us your (preferably, signed) PDQ. The importance of your participation cannot be overemphasized.

The survey can be found at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VWYGJZQ

Thank you for your assistance and continued support.

Boun Thai
UWOSA President

UWOSA Executive Vacancy - Membership Services Officer

Dear UWOSA Members,

Meg Perinpanayagam has been appointed as Vice President, and therefore is stepping down from the role of UWOSA's Membership Services Officer.

We thank Meg for her contributions as Membership Services Officer over the past few years -- the annual Luncheons, BBQs, Take-a-Break trips, charity drives and discount programs.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Membership Services Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the June 17, 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 mary.hay@uwosa.ca by June 10th to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm (location TBD) to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Membership Services Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA Float Days - Reminder!

To all UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that, according to Article 21 – Paid Holidays of the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members (Continuing, Sessional and Term) were granted two UWOSA floating holidays to be used by June 30, 2015.

Keep in mind that UWOSA floating holidays may not carry forward to the next year, so be sure to use them. If you have not already done so, please make arrangements with your supervisor to schedule a day (or two) off as soon as possible (and before June 30th)!

Effective July 1st, two new float days will be granted, to be used before June 30, 2016.

Reminder: UWOSA BBQ - Thursday, June 4, 2015

Join us for the Annual UWOSA BBQ
Thursday, June 4, 2015
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This year's menu will be slightly different, as we will be featuring kebabs - if you are a vegetarian, please contact Great Hall Catering, so that they have a count for veggie kebabs. The menu will also include potato salad, sweet corn and make-your-own ice cream sundae with all the standard trimmings.

This year, we will be collecting donations for Habitat for Humanity Heartland, which builds simple, decent, affordable homes for low-income families in our community.

If you have specific dietary requirements, including vegetarian, please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer BBQ" in the subject line.

If you are unable to have dairy for dessert, there will be fresh fruit cups available. Please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer BBQ" in the subject line.

Ticket Distribution:
Wednesday, May 27th from 12:00-2:00 pm, UWOSA Office, 255 UCC
OR
Thursday, May 28th from 12:00-2:00 pm, UWOSA Office, 255 UCC

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, please email your Area Steward (see below for a list of Stewards) and ask for assistance.

List of UWOSA Stewards
ACVS, Robarts - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Arts & Humanities, Music - Chrisanthi Skalkos
Arts & Humanities, Music (alternate) - Alyssa Evetts
Dentistry - Leesa Couper
Education - Susanna Green
Engineering - Karen McDonald
Facilities Management - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Finance, HR, ITS, IPB - Lori Johnson
Health Sciences - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Housing & Hospitality Services - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Information & Media Studies - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Ivey Business - Clarissa Reynolds
Law - Duncan Archibald
Libraries - Evan Wiley
Libraries - David Murphy
Libraries (alternate)- Crystal Mills
Medicine - Basic Clinical - Jackie Windsor
Medicine - Basic Science - Meera Karajgikar
Medicine - Clinical - Lori Dengler
Medicine - Dean's Office - Maureen O'Connell
Retail Services - Lotte Huxley
Science - Cinthia Maclean
Science - Jennifer Heidenheim
Social Science - Mary Van de Ven
Student Services - Heather Guizzetti
VP External, VP Research- contact Meg Perinpanayagam

Regards,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Vice President

UWOSA BBQ - Thursday, June 4th

You Are Invited to the Annual UWOSA BBQ - Thursday, June 4, 2015 Great Hall, Somerville House Noon - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Join us on Thursday, June 4th as we celebrate summer with a UWOSA picnic in an pollen-free, air conditioned environment with plenty of seating for everyone.

This year's menu will be slightly different, as we will be featuring kebabs - so if you are a vegetarian, please contact Great Hall Catering, so that they have a count for veggie kebabs. The menu will also include potato salad, sweet corn and make your own ice cream sundae with all the standard trimmings. If you have specific dietary requirements, including vegetarian, please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer picnic" in the subject line.

If you are unable to have dairy for dessert, there will be fresh fruit cups available. Please email Great Hall Catering with "UWOSA summer picnic" in the subject line.

Ticket Distribution: Wednesday, May 27th from 12:00-2:00 pm OR Thursday, May 28th from 12:00-2:00 pm in the UWOSA Office, UCC room 255

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, please email your Area Steward (see below for a list of Stewards) and ask for assistance. If you do not have a Steward in your area, please email me at meg@uwosa.ca

This year, we will be collecting donations for Habitat for Humanity Heartland, which builds simple, decent, affordable homes with low-income families in our community.

If you have any questions, please email me at meg@uwosa.ca.

Regards,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

List of UWOSA Stewards

ACVS, Robarts - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Arts & Humanities, Music - Chrisanthi Skalkos
Arts & Humanities, Music (alternate) - Alyssa Evetts
Dentistry - Leesa Couper
Education - Susanna Green
Engineering - Karen McDonald
Facilities Management - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Finance, HR, ITS, IPB - Lori Johnson
Health Sciences - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Housing & Hospitality Services - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Information & Media Studies - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Ivey Business - Clarissa Reynolds
Law - Duncan Archibald
Libraries - Evan Wiley
Libraries - David Murphy
Libraries (alternate)- Crystal Mills
Medicine - Basic Clinical - Jackie Windsor
Medicine - Basic Science - Meera Karajgikar
Medicine - Clinical - Lori Dengler
Medicine - Dean's Office - Maureen O'Connell
Retail Services - Lotte Huxley
Science - Cinthia Maclean
Science - Jennifer Heidenheim
Social Science - Mary Van de Ven
Student Services - Heather Guizzetti
VP External, VP Research- contact Meg Perinpanayagam

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