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News items from UWOSA.


Q: How does the election process work?
The rules regarding nominations, campaigning and elections are all outlined in UWOSA’s Constitution and Bylaws. For a copy, visit the UWOSA website at: or call ext 85089.

Q: What positions are up for Election?
Nominations are being accepted for ALL UWOSA elected positions. There are 7 Executive positions (President, Vice President, Chief Steward, Membership Services Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer) and 23 Area Steward positions.

Q: What position can I run for?
UWOSA members can run for any Executive position, or for the Steward position that represents the area in which they work.

Q: How long do the positions last?
All offices have two-year terms that end on April 30, 2016.

Q: What area am I in?
Each building that members work in belongs to a UWOSA area from A to T. To find your area, visit or call the UWOSA office at ext 85089.

Q: What is Full Release Time?
UWOSA’s President, Vice President and Chief Steward are on full release time. These individuals continue to be Western employees, and their pay and working conditions do not change. However, instead of their regular duties, they move to the UWOSA office and work for UWOSA for the duration of their terms.

Q: What does the President do? What about the Vice President or Chief Steward?
The duties of each office are outlined in UWOSA’s Constitution and Bylaws. For a copy, visit the UWOSA website at:
or call ext 85089.

Q: What is the difference -- in terms of time commitment -- between being a member of the Executive and being a Steward?
The Executive Committee meets every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:30. Stewards Council meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Stewards attend Council meetings but are not required to attend Executive meetings. Executive members must attend both.

Executive members and Stewards are entitled to add one hour to their lunch period to attend these meetings. This time must be made up, and members can use their lunch periods to make up this time.

For Executive members and Stewards who work off the main UWO campus* the release time is extended to allow for reasonable travel time up to one hour in total. This travel time must also be made up.

Q: I have more questions. Who do I call?
There are individuals who must remain neutral during the nomination and election process. Please feel free to contact either Mahillah Rafek, chair of the Elections Committee at or Mary Hay, UWOSA Business Manager at

*Main campus is defined by that portion of UWO campus which is north of Huron Street, east of Western Road, south of Medway Creek and west of the Thames River.

CUPE 1393 on Strike Following Days of Fruitless Negotiations With University of Windsor

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2013) - Following three days of fruitless negotiations, members of Local 1393 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1393) are now on legal strike against their employer, the University of Windsor.

"We are extremely disappointed, to say the least," said Dean Roy, President of CUPE 1393.

"Over the past three days, our bargaining team repeatedly tabled proposals that we believed addressed the University's concerns, but these proposals were repeatedly refused," he added.

Local 1393 represents 280 skilled trades and professional staff at the University of Windsor who provide a wide range of services vital to the smooth and effective operation of the institution.

Members of Local 1393 have been without a contract since April. To date, there have been nearly 30 days of negotiations with University.

Roy urged the University to return quickly to the bargaining table to minimize the disruption to students and the campus community.

"This dispute can be resolved, if there's a willingness by both sides to resolve it. Our members don't want to be on strike and if the University puts as much energy and resources into settling the matter as they did into 'contingency plans', then I believe this could be resolved quickly," said Roy.

Through a Provincially-appointed mediator, Local 1393 will be requesting further meetings with University in an effort to resolve the outstanding issues between the two sides.

UWOSA's New Membership Services Officer - Meg Perinpanayagam

UWOSA is happy to announce that Meg Perinpanayagam has been appointed Membership Services Officer. Meg has been a UWOSA steward for
the past four years, representing areas B, R, and most recently, H. She also serves as the UWOSA representative for Western University’s Parking and Advisory Committee.

Meg holds a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s in Public Administration. Both degrees combined with over 20 years of higher education/non-profit administrative assistant experience have given her a wide breadth of experience including: event coordination, project management, multiple-person scheduling, newsletter writing, conference coordination, volunteer coordination, meeting management and fundraising. “I want to use my education and experience to strengthen the foundation of our membership”, said Meg.

Please welcome Meg to her new role!

UWOSA Members Vote to Ratify Tentative Collective Agreement

Members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) have voted 95% in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.

Details of the agreement will be released once Western’s Board of Governors approves the deal on September 25th.

Members of UWOSA had been without a contract since June 30, 2013.

Tentative Agreement Reached

The UWOSA Negotiating Team has reached a tentative collective agreement with Western’s administration.

According to UWOSA Bylaw 16.2.4, “Where an information meeting for the purpose of a strike vote has been properly called under Bylaw 16.3, such meeting may be substituted by an information meeting for the purpose of Bylaw 16.2.2 either: (a) by the Stewards Council at any time prior to the meeting convening; or (b) by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at any time after the meeting convenes, but before it adjourns.”

As such, a motion will be made at the Information Meeting to change the purpose of the meeting to make it an Information Meeting for the Purpose of a Contract Ratification Vote. Details of the tentative contract will be provided at the Information Meeting prior to the polls opening.

Members will also be able to vote on the following day, Friday, August 30th from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm in UCC Room 379. Details of the tentative contract will be available in the UWOSA office, UCC Room 255 during this time.

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