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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 860 administrative and technical staff at the University of Western Ontario. Our members work in every area of the University in a wide variety of roles. We are Academic Counselling Assistants, Admissions Coordinators, Animal Care Technicians, Booth Attendants, Computer Specialists, Dental Assistants, Drivers, Events Coordinators, Faculty Affairs Assistants, Graduate Coordinators, Horticultural Technicians, Laboratory Supervisors, Library Assistants, OSAP Coordinators, Prospect Researchers, Research Assistants, Residence Clerks, Schedulers, Secretaries, Storeskeepers, Technical Supervisors and Undergraduate Assistants (and so much more).

Member Advantage: UWOSA Exclusive Invitation from Columbia Employee Store

Just in time for holiday shopping, please visit the www.uwosa.ca "Members Only" area for an exclusive offer from the Columbia Employee Store!

This invitation is only valid from November 16 - December 20, 2015.

Please be sure to read the instructions for store entry as you will not be admitted into the store without *all three* of the items listed. If you need a new UWOSA card, please contact Mary Hay (mary.hay@uwosa.ca); if you need a new Western ONECard, please visit Student Central in WSS1120 with a piece of valid government-issued photo ID.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Free Concert, Grand Theatre & Budweiser Gardens Discounts

On behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee, I would like to invite you to participate in a couple of events this month and next. In an effort to make this email a bit shorter, please log in to the UWOSA website for more information on each. If you have forgot your username and/or password, please contact Mary Hay (mary.hay@uwosa.ca) for a new one.

1. Free Orchestra Concert at the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm.

2. A 20% discount to performances Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck at the Grand Theatre; Any show from November 26 – December 5.

3. Discounted tickets to a trick-or-treating event and performance by Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes at Budweiser Gardens on Saturday, October 31.

In the coming weeks, I hope to pass some information along about a Columbia Outlet Store discount (dates still to be determined) as well as a winter charity that we will be supporting, so please stay tuned for that!

If you haven’t already, please set aside some time on December 10 from Noon - 2:00 p.m. for the UWOSA Annual General Meeting (to be held in SSC 2050).

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
Membership Services Officer
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

Members Needed for UWOSA Elections Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

The UWOSA Elections committee is currently being formed in preparation for the election on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

This committee oversees nominations and ensures that elections are held in a fair and impartial manner. All members not running for office are welcome to join, and the committee elects its own chair.

If you are interested in being a member on the Elections Committee, please email mary.hay@uwosa.ca or call ext 85089.

Thank you

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.

UWOSA Executive and Committee Vacancies

There are currently two volunteer opportunities available for UWOSA members:

Health and Safety Officer - UWOSA Executive

John Critchley has resigned as Health and Safety Officer as he has been appointed Vice President of UWOSA.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Health and Safety Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the November 18, 2015 meeting of the Stewards Council.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum 200 words) to mary.hay@uwosa.ca by 4:00 pm on November 16, 2015 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Health and Safety Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA Representative - UWO Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic (ACPT)

The Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic was established by the Board of Governors to advise the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) on campus parking and traffic matters.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please forward a completed Committee Appointment Request Form, found here to Mary Hay at UWOSA, UCC 255, via email to: mary.hay@uwosa.ca, or by fax to ext 82180 by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2015.

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