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UWOSA Newsletter and February Activities

January 2017 UWOSA Newsletter

Please visit our website, www.uwosa.ca sign in under Member Area and choose “Newsletter” for our January 2017 issue.

Annual Valentine's Day Luncheon

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Where: Great Hall, Somerville House
When: Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Get a Lunch Ticket:
You may pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC Room 255 from:
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017
or 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017
Please bring your Western ONECard with you.
If you are unable to pick up your ticket, please email your Area Steward (most recent Stewards Council list can be found in "About UWOSA" on our website) for assistance.

Check out the January 2017 UWOSA newsletter for the lunch menu. If you have any special dietary needs, please email Great Hall Catering by February 4th with the subject “UWOSA Lunch” and which seating you plan to attend. **This includes if you require a vegetarian meal.**

This year, we will be collecting monetary donations for El Sistema at the Luncheon. This offers musical instruments and lessons to children who otherwise would be unable to afford it.

UWOSA Night at London Lightning Basketball

Do you love basketball or have family at home that might like to enjoy a game? Join UWOSA Night at Budweiser Gardens for a basketball game between the London Lightning vs. Orangeville A’s
When: Saturday February 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Budweiser Gardens
What: Ticket: Only $14.00 for adult or child and includes same section seating for all UWOSA members!
How to Purchase Your Ticket:
In Person: At the Budweiser Gardens box office. Give the promotion code: UWOSA. We recommend purchasing tickets in person at the box office to avoid service charges that are added when ordering online.
By Phone: 519-667-5700. Promotion code: UWOSA. Please note that an additional administrative fee applies if you purchase tickets by phone.
Online: www.budweisergardens.com. Promotion code: UWOSA. Please note that an additional administrative fee applies if you purchase tickets online.
Accessible seats: please call 519-432-8894 and give them the promotion code: UWOSA. Service animals are welcome, however, if you are bringing a service animal, please advise when you purchase your ticket.

Request from the UWOSA President

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

As per the Employer's Review Schedule of UWOSA Position Descriptions (Article 44.02), all position description questionnaires (PDQs) on the new evaluation form (JES2013) should have been completed by December 31, 2016.

If your PDQ has not been started or you are working on it with your supervisor, but it has not been submitted to your Budget Unit Head/Dean's office, please email us immediately at info@uwosa.ca.

Thank you in advance.

In solidarity,
John Critchley, President, UWOSA

"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

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