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Negotiation Update - May 27, 2017

Dear UWOSA Members,

As you are aware, our current Collective Agreement expires on June 30th, 2017. On May 25th, our Negotiating team met with the University’s team to begin the bargaining process for our new Collective Agreement.

We will post important updates on the collective bargaining process in the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website as our negotiations continue. You must be logged in to access the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website. If you do not have your login information, please email

Please be aware that during the collective bargaining process that the UWOSA office may be closed and there may be a delay in responding to your email and voice mail messages. Your patience during our negotiations is appreciated.

In Solidarity,

John Critchley

Call for Members

Call for Members: Strike Preparedness Committee (SPC)

The Strike Preparedness Committee (SPC) is responsible for overall coordination of strike planning and implementation, including the set-up of strike headquarters, and all materials for the picket lines such as signs, cell phones, and refreshments. The SPC develops a communications strategy and coordinates communication including handouts for the picket-line, strike newsletters and bulletins, including the website and social media pages. The SPC identifies the locations of the picket lines, organizes the schedules for pickets, arranges strike captain and picketer training, monitors the picket lines and provides daily reports to the Chair of the Strike Preparedness Committee.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Strike Captain, Lori Johnson

Vacancy: Steward Council: Area Stewards
The purpose of a UWOSA Steward is to represent the members in the area that they serve. This can be the area at the University where the Steward works or anywhere on campus if the position is filled in the member’s direct area.

General responsibilities are to attend bi-monthly Steward Council meetings (see Article 7: Union Representation), bring concerns of members to the attention of Executive Officers, to explain articles within the collective agreement to members, be available, where appropriate to accompany any member who requests union representation (except Article 11, 13 and Article 24 meetings), and to establish a higher profile for UWOSA in departments and units on all campuses of Western University.

We are asking members to consider joining the Stewards Council to represent the following areas for the second year of a two-year electoral term (May 2017 to April 30, 2018):
* ACVS/Robarts
* Medicine – Basic Clinical
* Medicine – Basic Sciences
* VP External, VP Research
* Libraries (alternate)
* Science (alternate)

If you are interested in becoming one of our Stewards, please email Nikki Grozelle, Chief Steward at by Monday, May 15, 2017.

Call for Standing Committee Members:

Constitution and Bylaws:
The Constitution & Bylaws Committee reviews, and recommends changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. It accepts suggestions from Stewards Council, Association Members, and the Executive Committee for consideration. Recommendations are submitted in writing to Stewards Council and if approved, are put forth to the membership for discussion and vote.
If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment
and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.

The Finance Committee develops short-term and long-term budgetary plans for the union, reviews monthly profit and loss statements, and recommends operating funds to be approved by Executive Committee, Stewards Council and the Membership at the end of each fiscal year (May 1 - April 30). The Finance Committee also meets with the union's financial advisors on investment portfolios and establishes procedures for payment distribution in the event of a strike.

If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment
and please send to James Taron at 255 UCC.

Membership, Newsletter, and Social:
The Membership Newsletter & Social Committee is responsible for planning annual events, assist with training and development events (i.e., retreat), assist with community support projects (i.e., hamper program for the Salvation Army) and volunteer opportunities (Ronald McDonald House). In additions the MNS Committee writes articles for the Association's newsletter and finds promotions and discounts from London and surrounding venues to offer to our members (i.e., Columbia Store and Union Savings). If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment
and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.

Nominations to our Standing Committees are on-going. If you have any questions, please email the Executive Committee at

In Solidarity,
~ John Critchley, President

Election for Social Science Steward - Candidates

Please find following, in alphabetical order, the two individuals running for the role of Steward for Social Sciences:

Maureen O'Connell Mary Van De Ven
I joined Western in 2007 and served as steward for the Office of the Registrar from 2009 - 2012, and the Schulich Dean's office from 2012 - 2015. I am seeking the Social Science steward position because I want to support and help members understand their contact and ensure that they are being treated fairly. I have a strong devotion to fair play, and equal treatment and I would sincerely like to bring my passion, and emotional support to represent the members of Social Science. I am Mary Van de Ven, your Social Science UWOSA Steward. My mission is to be visible, approachable and trustworthy. Since 2005, I have actively participated in: council, member, grievance and Strike Preparedness meetings; committee work such as Membership Newsletter Social (MNS) and Wellness Advisory Group; UWOSA socials, retreats, and more. I have completed four Steward and two Counsellor Referral Training courses. If re-elected, it would be my pleasure to continue to serve you.

Grand Theatre Discounts for UWOSA Members

By the Book Theatre would like to invite the members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association to attend their stage production, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, for a 20% discount.

This classic modern day tragedy explores the relationship of two itinerant workers, George and Lennie, who are hoping to live the American Dream. Set in California during The Great Depression, they find themselves in jobs on a ranch. Lennie's fascination with touching soft living things, however, threatens to destroy their dreams.

Last year, By the Book Theatre won 4 Brickenden Awards for their production of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin, including outstanding drama.

Although there are preview performances on November 24th and 25th, the 20% discount applies to any show from opening night, November 26th, to December 5th. Note: December 2nd is sold out, and there is no performance on November 30th.

To apply the discount, use the code UWO20 at the Grand Theatre's box office (471 Richmond Street, London) or online at The tickets are regularly $25, general admission, but will be discounted to $20.

Alvin & The Chipmunks

TRICK OR TREAT with Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes! Saturday October 31st, 2015 12:00pm and 3:00pm Shows!

There will be some Halloween Fun before the show so wear your Costume as everyone Trick-or-Treats in the King Club and you'll have a chance to win some great prizes during their Costume Contest!

Alvin & The Chipmunks Live on Stage is an interactive experience - featuring world-class production, music and special effects! Expect a pop concert and theatre event show all in one!

Regular Price Discount

P1: $77.00 $72.00

P2: $57.00 $52.00

P3: $37.00 $32.00

P4: $22.00 $17.00

Quote Offer Code: GSDK

Tickets May Be Booked As Follows:Book Online: By Phone: 1-866-455-2849 (Toll Free)In
Person: Budweiser Gardens Gate #1 Box Office Group Tickets on sale now and will remain on sale until Friday October 29th, 2016 at 5:00pm. Tickets purchased online and by phone are subject to convenience charges.

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