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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.

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

2015 Stratford Festival Discounts for UWOSA Members

Hello UWOSA Members,

Please go to www.uwosa.ca "Members Only" area for some great discounts on upcoming productions at Stratford Festival for May and June.

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

Regards,
Meg

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Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer
UWOSA

Call for Nominations - UWOSA Vice President

Just a reminder that the office of UWOSA Vice President is vacant, as Boun Thai has assumed the role of UWOSA President.

This is a full-time release position, open to all members of UWOSA in good standing.

The appointment of the UWOSA Vice President will be made at the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 12:00pm in the Social Science Centre, room 9420.

If you are interested in the role, please forward a brief bio to UWOSA's Business Manager, Mary Hay before May 13 at 9:00am.

You will be expected to attend the meeting on May 20 and to provide a short (maximum 5 minute) presentation on your candidacy for the role before the members of Stewards Council vote.

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

It is UWOSA's turn to visit the Columbia Employee Store

Hello everyone,

Please visit the "Member's Only" area at our UWOSA website
(www.uwosa.ca) to print off your invitation to visit the Columbia Employee Store between Thursday, May 14th and Sunday, June 14th. Please remember that you must bring the printed invitation with you (tablets or phone images will not be accepted at the door).

You may bring up to 4 family members or friends with you when you shop, however, the invitation is not transferable. You must bring you UWO I.D. card with you.

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

Happy Shopping!

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer
UWOSA

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