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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).

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

Career Progression Sessions for UWOSA Members

Dear UWOSA Members,

Further to Appendix G of our collective agreement, Human Resources will be providing Career Progression Sessions for UWOSA members. These sessions will be approximately 2.5 hours in length, and will be held in the Support Services Building, Room 4210.

Sessions will cover the following topics:

• What is my ideal job?
• What is important to me?
• What is work life balance for me?
• What do I have to offer?
• What do I do well?
• What have I consistently been recognized for?
• What would I like to stop doing?
• What am I willing to learn?
• Who needs my skills?
• What evidence do I have of my success record?
• Changing World of Work
• Future Direction of Work at Western – review of strategic directions for the University
• What can I do to prepare myself for the next career opportunity?

There will be a limit of 25 participants per session, and registration will be available to members on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is sufficient interest, future sessions will also be scheduled. Currently, the following sessions are scheduled:

January 23, 2015 at 9:00 am
January 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm
January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am
February 9, 2015 at 1:00 pm
March 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm
April 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm
May 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

To register for one of these sessions, please click the following link: When you register, please include your email address so that we may confirm your registration.

These Career Progression sessions were negotiated during our last round of collective bargaining. We do hope you will attend a session and that it helps you advance in your career at Western.

Karen Foullong
University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA)

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

Moving to Long-Service Maximum

Dear UWOSA members,

If your salary has been at the Normal Maximum for your classification for 4 full years, you should have been moved to the Long Service Maximum amount on November 1st. If you qualify, please check your online pay statement for November to ensure this has occurred.

To view the Normal Maximum for your classification for 2010, 2011 and 2012, please click here. Your salary history can be accessed via myHR on the university's webiste.

If your pay has been at Normal Maximum for 4 full years, and you have not been moved to Long Service Maximum, please contact us at ext 83028 or


Karen Foullong

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