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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).

UWOSA Statement and Feedback Survey re: Salary Disclosure of Western's President

Dear UWOSA members,

For years, UWOSA has been hearing the administration talk about budget constraints, and has seen the effects of this in our workplace. UWOSA members faced many layoffs in 2009 (when Chakma’s contract was signed) and again in 2014 (when the double-payment to Chakma was made). We are the front-line workers delivering the “best student experience” at Western, but are increasingly asked to do more and more with less and less.

The average UWOSA member earns about $44,000 per year - not even 10% of Chakma’s usual (non-double-payment) salary. Many support their families on this income, and some have taken second jobs to make ends meet. As a direct result of “budget constraints”, the administration has laid off many employees, while the number of students, and tuition rates have increased. In 2010 and 2013, we endured lengthy and difficult rounds of collective bargaining to achieve minimal wage increases. Meanwhile, Amit Chakma was paid nearly a million dollars in 2014.

At UWOSA’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 9 at 12:00pm in SSC 2050 we will hold a vote of non-confidence, similar to that held by UWOFA. In the meantime, we are asking UWOSA members to provide us with their reactions to the news of Chakma’s double-payment, and how specifically the budgetary constraints have affected their work and their lives. The survey link is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C3CKPGL All responses to this survey are anonymous. To ensure anonymity, you may refrain from including identifying details about yourself or your workplace. We will share some of the feedback that we receive at our Annual General Meeting before the vote of non-confidence.

We will continue to work with the other labour groups on campus to work toward making Western’s Board of Governors accountable to and representative of the Western community.

_________________
Karen Foullong
President, UWOSA
ext. 85041
karen@uwosa.ca

UWOSA AGM - Updated Agenda for April 9th

To all UWOSA members:

Following is the notice and updated  agenda for the 2015 Annual General Meeting. The documents accompanying the agenda can be found under the "Member Area" link on the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca). You must be logged into the website in order to access the Member Area.

If you cannot log in, or would like paper copies of the agenda and documents, please contact Mary Hay at ext 85089 or mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO STAFF ASSOCIATION
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Social Science Centre, Rom 2050
12:00 to 2:00 pm

AGENDA

1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the General Meeting held December 4, 2014*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report (Karen Foullong)
5. Report of the Treasurer (Rob Fournier)
    a) Presentation of the Proposed 2015-2016 Budget for Approval**
    b) Appointment of the Auditor for the 2014-2015 Financial Statements
6. Reports of Other Officers
    a) Non-Confidence Vote (John Critchley)
7. Reports of Standing Committees
8. Reports of Special Committees
9. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
10. New Business
11. Adjournment

Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.

You are entitled to two hours away from work (including your regularly scheduled meal period) to attend this meeting. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.

* available in the Members Only area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca)
** available for review in the UWOSA office prior to the meeting

Updated Seniority List Available

A new seniority list, complete to January 1, 2015, has now been posted in the Member Area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca). You must be logged in to access the Member Area. If you do not have your login information, please contact Mary Hay (ext 85089 or email: mary.hay@uwosa.ca).

It is very important that each continuing and sessional member checks the information listed to ensure that it is accurate. If you believe that your entry may be incorrect, please email me at val@uwosa.ca.

Val Van Domelen
Chief Steward

REMINDER: Valentine's Day Luncheon - Ticket Distribution

Ticket distribution for the Valentine's Day Luncheon will be held in the UWOSA office, UCC 255 at the following dates and times:

Thursday, February 5 from Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Friday, February 6 from Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Please bring your Western One staff card with you. If you are unable to to pick up your ticket, please contact your Area Steward, using the list below as a guide:

ACVS, Robarts - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Arts & Humanities, Music - Chrisanthi Skalkos
Arts & Humanities, Music (alternate) - Alyssa Evetts
Dentistry - Leesa Couper
Education - Susanna Green
Engineering - Karen McDonald
Facilities Management - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Finance, HR, ITS, IPB - Lori Johnson
Health Sciences - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Housing & Hospitality Services - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Information & Media Studies - contact Meg Perinpanayagam
Ivey Business - Clarissa Reynolds
Law - Duncan Archibald
Libraries - Evan Wiley
Libraries (alternate)- Crystal Mills
Medicine - Basic Clinical - Jackie Windsor
Medicine - Basic Science - Meera Karajgikar
Medicine - Clinical - Lori Dengler
Medicine - Dean's Office - Maureen O'Connell
Retail Services - Lotte Huxley
Science - Cinthia Maclean
Science - Jennifer Heidenheim
Social Science - Mary Van de Ven
Student Services - Heather Guizzetti
VP External, VP Research- contact Meg Perinpanayagam

Valentine's Day Luncheon
Thursday, February 12th
Two Seatings: Noon - 1:00 p.m. OR 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Please remember you must have a ticket at the appropriate designated seating to enter.

There will be a vegetarian option; however, if you have any other special dietary needs, please email Yolanda directly at great.hall.catering@uwo.ca by Monday, February 9th.

To support our community we are asking that you bring non-perishable food items for the London Food Bank. Monetary donations will also be collected.

Suggested items include: powdered milk, oatmeal, canned beans, canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit/vegetables, canned juice, rice, pasta, canned pasta sauce, baby food in jars, baby formula, canned stew, or granola bars

If you have any questions, please email me at mperinpa@uwo.ca or Boun at bthai@uwosa.ca.

Regards,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

and

Boun Thai
Vice President

UWOSA's 2015 Valentine's Day Luncheon

Please join us on Thursday, February 12th for the 2015 Valentine's Day Luncheon in the Great Hall, Somerville House. There will be two seatings: 12:00 and 1:00.

Tickets are free for all UWOSA members. You may pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC 255 from 12:00 - 2:00 on:

Thursday, February 5th or
Friday, February 6th

Please bring your staff I.D. with you.

To support our community we are asking that you bring non-perishable food items for the London Food Bank. Monetary donations will also be collected.

Suggested items include: powdered milk, oatmeal, canned beans, canned tuna, peanut butter, canned fruit/vegetables, canned juice, rice, pasta, canned pasta sauce, baby food in jars, baby formula, canned stew, or granola bars

If you are unable to pick up a ticket at the dates listed above, please contact your Area Steward for assistance.

If you have any special dietary needs, please email Yolanda directly at great.hall.catering@uwo.ca

If you have any questions, please email me at meg@uwosa.ca or Boun at bthai@uwosa.ca.

Regards,

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

and

Boun Thai
Vice President

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