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Call for Members

Vacancy: Stewards 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
* 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

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 Natalie Samuel at 255 UCC.

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

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.

UWOSA Response to Goudge Report

Meg Perinpanayagam, University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) president, said the Goudge Report’s findings raise more “concerns and questions, than satisfactory answers.”

“We were surprised the chair of the Board of Governors solely negotiated an amended contract with President Chakma without the approval of the Senior Operations Committee, who, in turn, has the responsibility of the contract, and was ignorant to the fact that it had occurred,”
Perinpanayagam said Tuesday. “Justice Goudge’s findings also called Shah’s actions a ‘simple misunderstanding.’ We were also surprised to learn that the chair of the Senior Operations Committee – who also is the chair of the Board of Governors – took the extra step to seek legal counsel externally. This action could be viewed as calculated or deliberate to circumvent the process.”

Perinpanayagam also questioned how Chakma could negotiate a double payment at the same time the university was asking to freeze unionized employment compensation.

“Mr. Shah said on April 1 that ‘in this time of fiscal uncertainty and restraint in the postsecondary education sector, Western’s Board of Governors is highly sensitive to the concerns expressed by members of the Western community and the wider public,’” Perinpanayagam continued. “This is the same man who approved, without his own Board’s knowledge, a negotiated double cash payment to enhance the President’s pension.”

Perinpanayagam said UWOSA maintains its non-confidence in the leadership of Chakma and Shah.

“We believe that in order for the university to move forward, Western’s administration and governance should be transparent, responsible, and accountable,” she concluded.

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