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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.

RMH Drive Ends January 30th

Welcome back UWOSA! We hope everyone had a relaxing holiday.

This is just a reminder that our collection for Ronald McDonald House of Southwestern Ontario is still going. Please drop off donations to your area steward or the UWOSA office until January 30th. (The list of requested items is available on the blog post of Dec 8th.)

Thanks for your generosity!

Boun Thai
Vice President

UWOSA 2014 Holiday Giving Drive

This year our Membership, Newsletter & Social Committee has chosen Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario for our holiday giving drive. Donations will be received up until January 30, 2015.

Located near the Children’s Hospital London, Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario is a place where out-of-town families with seriously ill or injured children can stay for as long as they need. They provide things like a private room and bath, homemade dinners, laundry facilities, and other comforts of home for $10 a night, lifting some of the financial burdens weighing on parents.

Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario does not receive funding from any agency or government body. They are reliant on donations from individuals within the community, current and former House families, and a number of corporate entities.
Visit Ronald McDonald House Southwestern Ontario for more information on what they do.

Please bring your donation to the UWOSA office (UCC Room 255) or take them to your Area Steward. A list of UWOSA Stewards are here.
Thank you in advance for helping brighten someone's season.

Monetary gifts and donations of simple household products are welcome.

This is a list of the Top 6 Items they need. But, a more expansive list follows.

- Liquid Hand Soap
- Plastic Clothes Hangers
- Pre-Packaged Snacks (i.e. granola bars)
- Brown Sugar
- White Sugar
- Batteries (AA and AAA and 9V especially)

For the kitchen:

- S.O.S Pads
- Plastic Food Storage Containers (all sizes)
- Deep Dish Non-Stick Stir-Frying pans
- High Temperature Oven Mitts
- Dishwashing Liquid Soap
- Dishwasher Pucks
- Can Openers
- Hand Mixer
- Freezer Safe Ziploc Bags (Large)
- Garbage bags - large black and small white kitchen catchers
- Blue Recycling Bags
- Hot Pads, Cooling Racks
- Wooden Cutting Boards
- Cupcake Liners and Baking Cups

Food supplies:
- Baking supplies - items like flour, white and brown sugar, icing sugar, raisins, coconut, and chocolate chips!
- Cereal
- Granola bars
- Chocolate Chips
- Oatmeal
- Fruit snacks and cups
- Jell-O Cups
- Individual applesauce and pudding
- Miscellaneous snack items
- Kraft Dinner (especially instant!)
- Honey
- Nutella
- Sidekicks
- Canned soups
- Instant popcorn
- Canned tuna

For the House and Families:
- Windex
- Winter gloves and hats
- Plastic Clothes Hangers
- DVDs for our Family Movie Nights (family friendly new releases are great!)
- Umbrellas
- Slippers (all sizes)
- Batteries (AA and AAA and 9V especially)
- Dryer Sheets
- Liquid Hand Soap (in pump dispensers)
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
- Lysol wipes
- High efficiency laundry detergent
- Hairbrushes
- Razors
- Travel-size Deodorant
- Tooth Brushes
- Travel-Size Toothpaste
- Feminine Hygiene Products

For the Babies:

- Teething Rings
- Infant Play Items

For the Treasure Chest and Christmas Store:

Teen Gifts: gift cards (iTunes, electronic store chains, Cineplex), handheld games, ear buds, iPod speakers, golf balls, baseball hats, DVD’s jewelry, makeup, earphones, Xbox, Playstation, Wii games, hair accessories, fashion scarves, spa items, picture frames

Tween Gifts: Nerf Gun, nail polish, make up kits, craft kits, science kits, games, puzzles

Kid gifts: new toys and books, especially ideas for boys 7-12

Infant gifts: development toys, play mats, mobiles, pull and push toys, vibrating chairs, baby slings, bouncer seats, blankets, rattles, Baby Einstein, toys that attach to stroller, cuddly dolls like Gloworm, Leap Frog

Parent gifts: $25 gift cards for grocery or gas chain stores or large box stores, jewelry, scarves, tools, car care accessories, cooler, golf balls, travel mug, spa items, coffee, tea, hot chocolate set, picture frames, albums, assorted teas, blankets

UWOSA Trivia Contest Answers

The UWOSA Fall Newsletter Trivia contest is now closed. Winners received a Tim Horton’s gift card and some UWOSA swag. Congratulations! Thanks to all those who entered.

Trivia winner and UWOSA member Dr. Iffat Jabeen with Vice President Boun Thai.

Here are the answers:

1. In what year did UWOSA certify?

2. Name two executive positions that do not reside in the UWOSA office.
Any two of: Health and Safety Officer, Membership Services Officer, Finance Officer, Secretary

3. Who was the Past UWOSA President?
c) John Critchley

4. Name two charities that UWOSA has provided financial/product support to in the last 3 years.
Any two of: Salthaven, Boys and Girls Club of London, Food Bank, Stevenson's Camp, LifeSpin, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Children’s Aid Society

5. Name two UWOSA standing committees.
Any two of: Membership, Newsletter and Social; Constitution and Bylaw; Finance; Training and Education

6. How does UWOSA’s Business Manager take her coffee?
b) black

7. Who said:
“ me invested in some kind of fruit company. So then
I got a call from him, saying we don’t have to worry about
money no more. And I said, that’s good! One less thing.”
Forrest Gump

8. What is this year’s education assistance amount?

9. As reported in the last Newsletter, what percentage of the UWOSA membership are men?
a) 19

10. Name this song:
“Buying bread from a man in Brussels
He was six foot four and full of muscle
I said, “Do you speak my language?”
He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich”
“Land Down Under,” by Men at Work

11. Where is the UWOSA bench located?
In the grassy area in front of the Kresge Building

12. What’s the best way to travel through time?

13. What does Secretary James Taron carry around in his wallet for his fiancé? (4-pt question!)
Hair elastic

UWOSA Wins Important Policy Grievance

On November 22, 2013, Arbitrator Robert D. Howe declared that the University violated the collective agreement by not identifying employees as members of the union in a timely fashion.

The union filed grievance X-091-12 on June 25, 2012 to address the problem of employees who qualified to be union members not being identified as such for long periods of time. In many instances, these people had left Western before the university informed UWOSA that they were union members.

The arbitrator's decision states that 'In order to properly fulfill its representational duty to members of the bargaining unit, it is important for the Union to know who all of them are'.

Arbitrator Howe went on to say that, 'Hopefully the effect will be that this will cease to be a problem, but if it continues to be a problem additional remedial relief may be sought by the Union in future proceedings, in which the declaratory relief that is warranted in this case could serve as a foundation for other remedies.'

If you are aware of any employee who :

a) has worked at Western for 8 months in the last 24 month period and
b) has worked more than 24 hours in at least 9 of the last 17 weeks

please contact UWOSA at ext 83028 or via email to:

It is important that those who qualify to be UWOSA members are aware of their union membership, and their rights as term employees.

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