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UWOSA Executive and Committee Vacancies

There are currently two volunteer opportunities available for UWOSA members:

Health and Safety Officer - UWOSA Executive

John Critchley has resigned as Health and Safety Officer as he has been appointed Vice President of UWOSA.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Health and Safety Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the November 18, 2015 meeting of the Stewards Council.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum 200 words) to by 4:00 pm on November 16, 2015 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Health and Safety Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email

UWOSA Representative - UWO Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic (ACPT)

The Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic was established by the Board of Governors to advise the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) on campus parking and traffic matters.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please forward a completed Committee Appointment Request Form, found here to Mary Hay at UWOSA, UCC 255, via email to:, or by fax to ext 82180 by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2015.

UWOSA appoints new Vice President

UWOSA is happy to announce that the Stewards Council appointed John Critchley as its new Vice President at its meeting today.

John has been actively involved with UWOSA since 2010 and has held a variety of roles, including Council Chair, Area Steward, Health and Safety Officer, President and lead negotiator.

John brings to the role extensive knowledge of the collective agreement and labour law, as well as years of experience assisting members with understanding and ensuring their rights in the workplace.

Final 2015 Stratford Festival Offers Now Available

Dear UWOSA Member,

Please visit the "Members Only" area at for some great discounts on upcoming productions at the Stratford Festival for September and October.

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


Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer

Reminder - Nominations for UWOSA VP Being Accepted

Dear UWOSA members,

Just a reminder that the union is now accepting nominations for the role of Vice President.

This is a full-time release position, open to all members of UWOSA in good standing, and has a term ending April 30, 2016.

The appointment of the UWOSA Vice President will be made at the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 12:00pm in the Social Science Centre, Room 9420.

If you are interested in the role, please forward a brief bio to UWOSA's Business Manager, Mary Hay by 4:00 pm on Monday, September 14th.

You will be expected to attend the meeting on September 16th, and to provide a short (maximum 5 minute) presentation on your candidacy for the role before the members of Stewards Council vote.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email


UWOSA Waits for Chakma
By Meg Perinpanayagam, UWOSA

On July 22, 2015, President Chakma sent a memorandum to all members of the University community with a summary of feedback from his 100 Day Listening Tour.

Unfortunately, President Chakma failed to contact representatives from the University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA), which comprises approximately 1,000 administrative and technical staff at Western. UWOSA would like to bring attention to some of the key areas detailed in Dr. Chakma’s Memorandum.

It was noted that staffing levels and workloads with limited resources is a viable concern. This has been a constant problem that UWOSA has repeatedly brought to the attention of the administration which continues to be ignored. In fact, UWOSA has two active grievances concerning positions which are full-time continuing but currently being filled by part-time, contract employees.

The President also noted that there is a need to examine current practices and timelines surrounding recruitment, staffing, position evaluations and related compensation. UWOSA has seven active grievances addressing violations to vacancies (Article 12) and layoffs (Article 13). There are three outstanding grievances concerning the Job Evaluation Process (Article 44). Our members are fully aware that their union officers have been working diligently since January 2013 to ensure that pay equity is achieved, established, and adhered to at Western. Our members are also aware that Western’s administration continues to create roadblocks and impasses at every step of the process. The administration has even tried to blame the union for its own delays to agree upon fair and equitable point bands to ensure pay equity and job evaluation for all.

President Chakma’s memorandum states that he will continue to meet regularly with internal and external groups of the campus community. UWOSA’s members are an integral part of the campus community - - from drivers to housing clerks, administrative assistants to general stores clerks, research assistants to dental assistants, to name a few. We are proud of the work we do to ensure faculty research receives international recognition, managers achieve department milestones, and undergraduate and graduate students receive the best education and experience. UWOSA remains optimistic for the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with President Chakma.


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