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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.

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: or contact the UWOSA office.

Hope to see you there!

Karen Foullong

On and Off-Campus Discounts for UWOSA Members

Hello UWOSA Members,

Happy Summer! We wanted to let you know of some saving opportunities on campus:

- the Grocery Store in UCC now offers a 10% discount on all Snack Trays for the remainder of the summer. The snack trays are fresh and healthy snack packs that are prepared in-house (Deli Packs, Spinach Dip with Pumpernickel Bread, Hummus Tray, Veggie Tray, and more). These items are located within the produce cooler and have signs identifying them as 10% off for staff and faculty.
- the Pharmacy in UCC continues to offer a 10% discount on all non-sale items to faculty and staff (must show Western I.D.)
- Campus Recreation continues to offer early bird and lunch-express rates for annual memberships to faculty and staff. Check it out at:

Please visit the "Member Area" of the website for special savings in and around our community:

- Upcoming productions at Stratford Festival
- Upcoming Shows at Budweiser Gardens

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

Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

UWOSA Floating Holiday Notice

Just a reminder that, according to Article 21 – Paid Holidays of the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members (Continuing, Sessional and Term) are entitled to a UWOSA floating holiday to be used by June 30th. However, as you may recall from our recent negotiations, effective July 1, 2014, we are entitled to two floating holidays per year.

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 off as soon as possible (and before June 30th)!

Boun Thai
Vice President
University of Western Ontario Staff Association
University Community Centre, UCC 255
London, ON N6A 3K7
Tel: 519.661.2111 ext 87574
Fax: 519.661.2180

UWOSA BBQ - Wednesday, June 4th

Save the Date: UWOSA Annual BBQ: Wednesday, June 4 on the UC Hill

To all UWOSA members:

You are invited to the annual UWOSA BBQ on the UC Hill on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. There will be two seatings: Noon and 1:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available in the UWOSA office on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Please bring your UWOSA membership card and photo ID.

If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Catrona at Great Hall:

If you have any questions, please email me.

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer
Thank you.

Members Needed for UWOSA Standing Committees

Dear UWOSA member,

As we have just entered a new electoral term, all UWOSA committees have openings for new members.

Constitution & Bylaws
Chair: Boun Thai, Vice President
This committee reviews, provides clarity and recommends changes to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Chair: Rob Fournier, Treasurer
This committee reviews UWOSA’s financial statements and investments.

Membership, Newsletter & Social Committee
co-Chairs: Meg Perinpanayagam, Membership Services Officer and Boun Thai, Vice President
This committee works to advance the educational, social and cultural interests of the Association membership and publishes the newsletter.

Education and Training Committee
Chair: Karen Foullong, President
This committee develops and proposes programs and policies which will advance the educational and training needs and interests of the Association membership. They establish criteria and adjudicate applications from members for education and training opportunities.

If you are interested in joining, or would like more information on any of these committees, please contact the appropriate chair.

Spring Brings Savings to UWOSA Members:

Hello UWOSA Members,

Please visit the "Member Area" of the website for special savings:

- Private Invitation to Columbia employee store (time sensitive)
- Upcoming productions at Stratford Festival
- Upcoming Shows at Budweiser Gardens

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

Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

Reminder - UWOSA AGM Thursday, April 10th

To all UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that the UWOSA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 10th from 12:00-2:00 pm in the Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

John Critchley

Spring Discounts for UWOSA Members - Stratford Festival and Budweiser Gardens

Hello UWOSA Members,

Please go to "Members Only" for some great discounts on upcoming productions at Stratford Festival and Budweiser Gardens for the months of April, May, and June.

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


Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

UWOSA Annual General Meeting - Thursday, April 10, 2014

To all UWOSA members:

Following is the notice and agenda for the 2014 Annual General Meeting. The documents accompanying the agenda can be found under the "Member Area" link on the UWOSA website ( You must be logged into the website in order to access the Member Area.

If you cannot log in, or would like paper copies of the agenda and documents, please contact Mary Hay at ext 85089 or


Thursday, April 10, 2014
Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 40
12:00 to 2:00 pm


1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 12, 2013 and the Minutes of the Information Meeting for the Purpose of a Ratification Vote held August 29, 2013*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report (John Critchley)
5. Report of the Treasurer (Rob Fournier)
    a) Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year Ended April 30, 2013** (William Shanks, CA, BDO Dunwoody LLP)
    b) Presentation of the Proposed 2014-2015 Budget for Approval**
    c) Appointment of the Auditor for the 2013-2014 Financial Statements
6. Reports of Other Officers
7. Reports of Standing Committees
    a) Constitution and Bylaw Committee Recommendations (Karen Foullong)*
8. Reports of Special Committees
9. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
10. New Business
11. Adjournment

Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.

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

* available in the Members Only area of the UWOSA website (
** available for review in the UWOSA office prior to the meeting

London Lightning Basketball Playoffs - UWOSA Members Discount

London Lightning vs. Windsor Express

Date: Saturday March 29th - 7pm (Round 2 home game 3 of the NBL Playoffs)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Price: $14.00 adult or youth ticket - Lower Bowl (A savings of $12 off regular adult ticket and $5 off youth/senior ticket)
Promo Code: GPLAYOFF

Where to buy tickets:
Online: (additional service charge of $5 will be applied per ticket)
Call: 866-455-2849 (additional service charge of $5 will be applied per ticket)
Onsite: Budweiser Gardens Box Office

This promotion expires Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Officer

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