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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).

Items for Auction: Printer and Bookshelves

The following items are being offered for auction:

A Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4050N comes with power cord and internet cable.

Wooden 5-shelf bookcase (originally purchased from Weldon Library) There are 3 in total.

If you are interested in bidding on this item, please complete the bid form and mail it in a sealed envelope to the UWOSA Office by November 10, 2017. Only UWOSA members can submit bids.

If you would like to see the items in person, please visit the office at UCC 255.

Auction Guidelines

Bidding will remain open until November 10, 2017.

Please submit all bids attn: Olga Sauer, UWOSA office, UCC 255.

Upon receipt, sealed bids will be placed in a secure box in the UWOSA office. The items will be offered for purchase to the highest bidders.

If one or more members submit identical bids, the item will be offered for purchase to the member with the most seniority.

If no bids are received within 30 calendar days, the item will be donated to a registered charity or community organization identified by the Executive.

Payment must be made by cash, or a cheque payable to the UWO Staff Association. A receipt will be provided to the purchaser to record receipt of payment.

All monies received from the disposal of UWOSA’s assets will be deposited in the strike fund.

UWOSA Temporary Back-fill: Vice President


At present time, John Critchley our President is on an extended medical leave, and Meg Perinpanayagam will assume the role of President until the end of this term, thus vacating her position of Vice President.

Thus, UWOSA is currently looking to temporarily backfill the Executive Officer position of Vice President in accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws, Article 7.0 Officers of the Association, subset 11(b) must be enacted for the betterment of the union. Article 7.11(b) reads:

Where an Officer's role has no provision for succession, and where it becomes known that an Officer shall be on leave from the workplace beyond one (1) calendar month, the UWOSA Stewards Council may declare the officer on a leave from their UWOSA role and temporarily fill the vacancy in accordance with Constitution Article 5. The temporary assignment will end upon the return of the elected Officer and/or the start of a new electoral year, whichever is sooner. However, the elected Officer's title shall reside with the individual temporarily assigned to the role and such person shall act with the full authority prescribed in this article.

The Vice President position is open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. Responsibilities of the Vice President are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, section 7.0, Officers of the Association.

If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum of 200 words) to by November 3, 2017 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

All applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Noon, room 369 UCC, to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the temporary Vice President.

Please note that this is a full time release position, and will be treated as a secondment

If you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of the role, please contact Olga Sauer at

October 2017 newsletter now available

Hello everyone,
The October 2017 UWOSA newsletter is now available in the Member Area section of our website, under Newsletters.
UWOSA Office

Sign Up for Job Evaluation Information Sessions

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

As the July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021 Collective Agreement has been ratified by the Board of Governors, and as stated during our Ratification Vote meeting in August, Western Human Resources will be holding education sessions on the Job Evaluation System (JES2013) Implementation.

Sessions will be held as follows:
October 25, 2017 – 9am to 11am – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)
November 1, 2017 – 1pm to 3pm – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)

To Register
• Log on to My Human Resources at
• Select "Manage Training Registration"
• Select "Enroll in Internal Training Courses"
• Select "Search by Course Name" and type in "UWOSA Job Eval"
• Select "View Available Sessions"
• Choose your preferred session
• "Submit" and "Save" your registration

Please note: You do not have to take vacation time to attend these sessions. If your supervisor is not allowing you to attend, please email us at

If your PDQ was submitted between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017: Western Human Resources will communicate the results of your PDQ evaluation in writing by January 1, 2018. If you agree with the evaluation, then, if applicable, retroactive compensation will be paid out to you. If you do not agree with the evaluation, then you maintain the right to appeal (as per Article 44: Job Evaluation).

If your PDQ was submitted after June 30, 2017 or is still outstanding:
As per Appendix L of our new collective agreement, Western Human Resources has committed to contact departments where PDQs were not submitted, to ensure they are completed by November 30, 2017. Western Human Resources will provide your supervisor the resources and training to complete your PDQ. If your supervisor asks you to fill out the PDQ, or does not allow you to review the PDQ prior to its submission to Human Resources, please email right away.

Finally, Western has created a website for the UWOSA job evaluation which provides further information as we all move through this process.

If you have any questions, please contact


UWOSA Executive Committee

Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Mental Health First Aid Canada trainingis being offered at no cost to employees.

The next scheduled course is this October. It is scheduled over four mornings: October 17, 19, 23 & 25, from 8:45am-12:00pm each day. (Attendance at all dates required).

At Western, mental health issues affect our staff, faculty, students and their friends and families. In fact, one in four Canadian workers will experience a mental health issue within the next 12 months, and 500,000 are absent from work on any given day due to a mental health problem.

Participants in the course will learn how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. To date over 900 Western leaders, faculty and staff have completed the Mental Health First Aid certification program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cara Carson, Learning & Development, Western, at

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