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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 860 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).

Reminder About London Lightning Game Tomorrow

Looking for something to do inside on a rainy, possibly snowy and cool weekend? Just a friendly reminder of our March 14 invitation to join your fellow UWOSA members and their families at a discounted London Lightning basketball game this Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door with no additional fees added, or online or by phone (additional charges apply for orders made online and by phone); see the March 14 invite for more information. If you have been accidentally charged service fees for purchases made in person, please email and we will coordinate a refund for the $2/ticket fee with our contact at Budweiser Gardens.

Hope to see you there!

Heather Guizzetti on behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee

Call for Selection Committee Members

With the departure of our Business Manager, Mary Hay, and in accordance with bylaw 7.3, the UWOSA Executive Committee has called for the formation of a Selection Committee to assist with the hiring of a new business manager. Also in accordance with this bylaw, the selection committee will be comprised of one member of the Executive and three other members in good standing. On March 1, Heather Guizzetti, in her capacity as an Executive member, was nominated to be Chair of this committee. We are now seeking three other members who would be interested in participating with this process. Volunteers should be in good standing with the union, have interest or knowledge in best hiring practices, and have some flexibility to meet during the regular work week over the next few months. Please note that as a member of the committee, you would also be precluded from applying for the position when it is posted. If you are interested in participating in this committee, please email by Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Member Advantage: London Lightning Discounted Tickets

Do you love basketball or have family at home that might like to enjoy a game? Your UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee has coordinated discounted tickets for you to enjoy a game at the beginning of April.

Who: London Lightning vs. Orangeville A's
Game Time: Saturday, April 2 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Gardens
Price: $10.00 per adult or child

Your $10.00 ticket includes:

  • Same section seating for all UWOSA members
  • Section highlighted during the game (camera on section for a big cheer)

You can request tickets in three ways:

  1. By phone: 519-667-5700. Be sure to tell the customer service representative the promotion code: UWOSA. Please note that an additional administrative fee applies if you purchase tickets by phone.
  2. Online: Be sure to use the promotion code: UWOSA. Please note that an additional administrative fee applies if you purchase tickets online.
  3. 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.

If you require 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.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heather Guizzetti on behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee

Results of Election for Social Science Steward

Dear Members,

Thank you to all UWOSA members in the Faculty of Social Science who voted in our recent Social Science Steward Election.

A very special thank you to both Maureen O’Connell and Mary Van de Ven for nominating themselves and participating in the election.

We are pleased to let you know that Mary Van de Ven has been re-elected as the Social Science Steward. Congratulations, Mary!


Tiffany Trudgeon
Chair – Elections Committee

Message from the UWOSA President

It is with mixed feelings to announce that Mary Hay has resigned as our Business Manager. Her last day in the UWOSA office will be Friday, March 18th. To say that Mary has been invaluable to the union is an understatement, and will be sorely missed. Mary is the only one I know who can recite verbatim Article 13, find the second copy of third draft notes from negotiation and know where on campus each member in our union works without checking the database.

We thank Mary for spending 14 years of her career with UWOSA. Mary has gone above and beyond for our union, and definitely above and beyond for those who have sat in Executive officer or committee chair seats, past and present.

Mary’s new employer will be getting a talented individual with keen insight, intelligence and a great sense of humor. The Union office won’t be the same without her.

Meg Perinpanayagam
President, UWOSA

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