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UWOSA General Meeting - Thursday, December 4th at 12:00 pm in Social Science, Room 2050

Dear UWOSA Members,

The UWOSA General Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 12:00 - 2:00 pm in the Social Science Building, Room 2050.

Please ensure that your bring your Western staff card to gain admittance to the meeting.

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

The agenda for this meeting, as well as the minutes from the Annual General Meeting held April 10, 2014 are available in the "Member Area" of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca).

I hope to see you there,

Karen Foullong
UWOSA President

Pay Equity and Job Evaluation Update

Dear UWOSA members,

UWOSA has a Pay Equity meeting scheduled with Human Resources on Monday, December 1.

We will be providing a comprehensive Pay Equity and Job Evaluation update to members at the UWOSA General Meeting on Thursday, December 4.

The agenda for the General Meeting will be emailed to you later this week. Please be sure to attend this important meeting.

Sincerely,
Karen
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Karen Foullong
President
UWOSA

2014 UWOSA Photo Contest

Calling all shutterbugs: The Annual UWOSA Photography Contest is coming!

Categories

The UWOSA Experience

Catch your UWOSA colleagues doing amazing things at work that connect us to working at Western.

Trek Across Canada

People and places distinct to Canada that conveys what it is like to live in this great country (i.e., your fall road trip)!

Eligibility

• Only digital photographs taken by UWOSA members are eligible.
• Photographs must be taken between September 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015.
• Photographs that have won in other contests are not eligible.
Submission
• Submissions will be accepted until 12:00pm on January 31, 2015.
• Each member is allowed to submit one photograph per category and must clearly label which category is being entered for the contest.
• Photographs must be submitted with member name, phone number, email, and work unit. Please note: photographs received without information will not be eligible.
• Digital photography may be emailed to: info@uwosa.ca and must be in a .jpeg or .jpg format.
• Digital photography must be saved at a high resolution, but no larger than 6 Mb.

Judging

• Each category will be judged through the UWOSA Facebook page (www.facebook. com/UWOSA). If you aren’t on Facebook, and would like to cast a vote, please email Meg at meg@uwosa.ca with your vote to be officially recorded.
• Online judging will occur between January 2 – 31, 2015
• Winners will be announced at the Valentine’s Day Lunch, February 12, 2015.

Questions? Email info@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA Exclusive Invitation from Columbia Employee Store

Please visit www.uwosa.ca "Members Only" area for an exclusive offer from the Columbia Employee Store.

This invitation is only valid from November 15 to December 15, 2014.

Please be sure to read the instructions for store entry. You will not be admitted into the store without all three of the items listed. All forms of payment are accepted except American Express, traveler's cheques and money orders.

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

Thank you!
Meg

Reminder - UWOSA Night with the London Lightning on November 15th

Just a reminder of the UWOSA Night with the London Lightning Basketball Team on Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Doors will open for UWOSA at 6:00 pm for the 7:00 pm game between the London Lighting and the PEI Storm.

Tickets: $10.00 ea (child or adult)

Includes:
• 10:00 am pre-game meet and greet with the London Lightning players and watch them shoot hoops before the game (enter via Gate 3 at the southwest corner of the building).If you are interested in attending, please contact me at meg@uwosa.ca.

• 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 to UWOSA Night with the London Lightning team three ways:

1. By phone: 519-667-5700. Be sure to tell the customer service representative the promotion code: UWOSA (there will be an additional administrative fee if you purchase tickets by phone)
2. Online: www.budweisergardens.com. Be sure to use the promotion code: UWOSA (there will be an additional administrative fee if you purchase tickets online)
3. In Person: At the Bud Gardens box office. Give the promotion code: UWOSA.

If you require accessible seats, please call 519-432-8894 and give them the promotion code: UWOSA. Service animals are welcome. If you are bringing a service animal, please advise when you purchase your ticket.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please email Meg Perinpanayagam (meg@uwosa.ca).

See you at the game!

UWOSA Night with London Lightning Basketball Team

UWOSA is happy to once again offer UWOSA Night with the London Lightning Basketball Team

Who: London Lighting vs. PEI Storm, 7 p.m. game (doors open for UWOSA at 6:00 p.m.)

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tickets: $10.00 ea (child or adult)

Includes:
• 10:00 am pre-game meet and greet with the London Lightning players and watch them shoot hoops before the game (enter via Gate 3 at the southwest corner of the building).If you are interested in attending, please contact me at mperinpa@uwo.ca.

• 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)

Tickets go on sale October 7, 2014!

You can get your tickets to UWOSA Night with the London Lightning team three ways:

1. By phone: 519-667-5700 or 1-866-455-2849. Be sure to tell the customer service representative the promotion code: UWOSA (there will be an additional administrative fee if you purchase tickets by phone)
2. Online: www.budweisergardens.com. Be sure to use the promotion code: UWOSA (there will be an additional administrative fee if you purchase tickets online)
3. In Person: At the Bud Gardens box office. Give the promotion code: UWOSA.

If you require accessible seats, please call 519-432-8894 and give them the promotion code: UWOSA. Service animals are welcome. If you are bringing a service animal, please advise when you purchase your ticket.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please email Meg Perinpanayagam (mperinpa@uwo.ca).

See you at the game!

Fall Discounts for UWOSA Members from the Stratford Festival

Hello UWOSA Members,

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

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

Committee Vacancy - Staff Conference Advisory Committee

There is currently an opportunity for a UWOSA member to sit on Western's Staff Conference Advisory Committee.

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

If you are interested in being the UWOSA representative on this 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 info@uwosa.ca or by fax to ext 82180. All forms must be received by Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

The Stewards Council will appoint a member to this committees at its next meeting on September 24, 2014 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 mary.hay@uwosa.ca

Labour Day Picnic

Hello everyone,

Please attend the Annual London and District Labour Council Labour Day Picnic this Monday, September 1st in Thames Park, (Ridout Street just south of Horton) from noon to 4 pm. For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.ldlc.on.ca/

This is really a great opportunity to meet other union members in the London community and to raise UWOSA's profile. Plus, it's free and it's fun!

Hope to see you there.

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer
meg@uwosa.ca
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Join UWOSA at the London Pride Parade!

Dear UWOSA members,

Western's first official appearance at the London Pride Parade will be this Sunday, July 27th at the event's 20th anniversary.

Please join other UWOSA members in the march. 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!

Karen Foullong
President

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