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UWOSA Auction - Colour Laser Printer

The following item is being offered for auction. If you are interested, please complete a bid form and mail it in a sealed envelope to the UWOSA Office by August 8, 2015. Only UWOSA members can submit bids. Click here for a copy of the bid form, which is also available in the UWOSA office.

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

Auction Item: HP LaserJet 3600N Printer.

Auction Guidelines

Bidding will remain open for 30 calendar days, closing on August 8, 2015.

Please submit all bids attn: Business Manager, 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.

More Discounts for the Stratford Festival

UWOSA members can enjoy even more selected performances at the Stratford Festival this season for only $36 for plays and $46 for musicals for A, B or C zone seats.

Hamlet - $36
One of Shakespeare’s most powerful plays
Friday, May 29, 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 4, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10, 2 p.m.
Friday, June 12, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 13, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 18, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 19, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m.
Thursday, July 2, 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 5, 2 p.m.

Possible Worlds - $36
A gripping murder mystery with romance at its core
Wednesday, July 1, 8 p.m.

She Stoops to Conquer - $36
An ingenious comedy filled with mistaken identities and madcap romance
Wednesday, June 3, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2 p.m.

The Adventures of Pericles - $36
Shakespeare’s epic tale of globetrotting adventure and romance
Monday, May 25, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 12, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 27, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 30, 2 p.m.
Friday, July 3, 2 p.m.

The Sound of Music - $46
The Tony Award-winning sensation
Wednesday, June 10, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 17, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1, 2 p.m.

The Taming of the Shrew - $36
A battle of wills that is as fierce as it is funny
Friday, May 29, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 3, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 11, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16, 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m.
Friday, July 3, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 4, 8 p.m.

Get your tickets online with these easy steps:
• Login to the Stratford Festival website with promotion code 60355 (or create an account and then login with same promotion code).
• Choose the performance on the calendar and select "University/College Discount" as the price.
• Pay and check-out

Have your tickets emailed right to your inbox by choosing "Deliver by email" as your delivery option.

Offer available in A, B and C zone seating only. Aisle zoned seats available for additional $5 per seat. Offer valid on specified dates and on new purchases only. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or on exchanges or in combination with any other offer. Price excludes applicable taxes and handling fees. Subject to availability. Offer may expire without notice.

Equal Pay Day - April 20th

Non-Confidence Motion Passes

Members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) at Western University passed a motion of non-confidence in university president Amit Chakma and Board of Governors chair Chirag Shah. UWOSA’s non-confidence vote follows a similar vote held by Western’s faculty association last week

The vote, held today at UWOSA’s annual general meeting was in response to the revelation that President Chakma was paid $967,000 last year and is eligible for a similar payment at the end of his current contract in 2019. This comes at a time when student tuition is high and budgets to allocate towards faculty and staff are shrinking.

UWOSA members have expressed their concern over what they see as a fiscally irresponsible contract negotiated between the Board of Governors and Chakma, especially at a time of departmental budget cuts, staff layoffs, reductions in staff hours, and essential positions being left unfilled with the extra work absorbed by the remaining staff. “This continues to have a tremendous impact on our members, who are still doing their best to assist faculty with their scholarly activity, and students with their academic careers,” said Karen Foullong, President of UWOSA. “Our goal is to make the Board of Governors and President Chakma accountable for their actions to date, and going forward, represent Western as a responsible, publically funded university that directs its resources appropriately.”

Prior to the non-confidence vote, UWOSA participated in a press conference with other Western labour unions and students to voice their concerns over the Board of Governors’ fiscal mismanagement and how it has affected the university.

On Friday April 10th, UWOSA will be joining other staff, faculty, student groups and alumni in a non-confidence protest at Western University’s Senate meeting. This meeting will be held in room 1100 of the Ivey Building and is open to the public.

UWOSA represents almost 1,000 front-line staff that provide support to current and future students, faculty, alumni and administration.

Call for Proposals for Women's Safety Funding

Barbara Potter is the UWOSA representative on the President's Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus.

Following is a message from Barb for all UWOSA members:

Eligible groups on campus may apply to President’s Council on the Safety of Women on Campus for a portion of the funds awarded to Western from MET, which must be used for initiatives to continue improving the safety on campus for women students and workers through support for programs dealing with women’s safety, sexual harassment, and violence against women.

This funding can continue current activities, off-shoots of these, or new initiatives that ensure women’s safety issues continue to be addressed in the future.

For the 2013/14 school year, $50,814 was awarded to fund 9 projects that fit the criteria. Please see the PCSWC website for more information on how to apply and eligibility.

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