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UWOSA Trivia Contest Answers

The UWOSA Fall Newsletter Trivia contest is now closed. Winners received a Tim Horton’s gift card and some UWOSA swag. Congratulations! Thanks to all those who entered.


Trivia winner and UWOSA member Dr. Iffat Jabeen with Vice President Boun Thai.

Here are the answers:

1. In what year did UWOSA certify?
1997

2. Name two executive positions that do not reside in the UWOSA office.
Any two of: Health and Safety Officer, Membership Services Officer, Finance Officer, Secretary

3. Who was the Past UWOSA President?
c) John Critchley

4. Name two charities that UWOSA has provided financial/product support to in the last 3 years.
Any two of: Salthaven, Boys and Girls Club of London, Food Bank, Stevenson's Camp, LifeSpin, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Children’s Aid Society

5. Name two UWOSA standing committees.
Any two of: Membership, Newsletter and Social; Constitution and Bylaw; Finance; Training and Education

6. How does UWOSA’s Business Manager take her coffee?
b) black

7. Who said:
“...got me invested in some kind of fruit company. So then
I got a call from him, saying we don’t have to worry about
money no more. And I said, that’s good! One less thing.”
Forrest Gump

8. What is this year’s education assistance amount?
$2,390

9. As reported in the last Newsletter, what percentage of the UWOSA membership are men?
a) 19

10. Name this song:
“Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscle
I said, “Do you speak my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich”
“Land Down Under,” by Men at Work

11. Where is the UWOSA bench located?
In the grassy area in front of the Kresge Building

12. What’s the best way to travel through time?
a) TARDIS

13. What does Secretary James Taron carry around in his wallet for his fiancé? (4-pt question!)
Hair elastic

Moving to Long-Service Maximum

Dear UWOSA members,

If your salary has been at the Normal Maximum for your classification for 4 full years, you should have been moved to the Long Service Maximum amount on November 1st. If you qualify, please check your online pay statement for November to ensure this has occurred.

To view the Normal Maximum for your classification for 2010, 2011 and 2012, please click here. Your salary history can be accessed via myHR on the university's webiste.

If your pay has been at Normal Maximum for 4 full years, and you have not been moved to Long Service Maximum, please contact us at ext 83028 or info@uwosa.ca.

Thanks,

Karen Foullong
President

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

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