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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).

Committee Vacancy - Staff Conference Advisory Committee

There is currently an opportunity for a UWOSA member to sit on Western's Staff Conference Advisory Committee.

The Staff Conference Advisory Committee contributes to the successful planning and hosting of the annual Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference.

If you are interested in being the UWOSA representative on this committee, please download and complete the Committee Appointment Request Form and send it to the UWOSA office by campus mail to: UWOSA, UCC Room 255, by email to or by fax to ext 82180. All forms must be received by Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

The Stewards Council will appoint a member to this committees at its next meeting on September 24, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. All applicants are expected to attend this meeting (location TBD).

If you have any questions, please call Mary Hay at ext 85089 or email

Labour Day Picnic

Hello everyone,

Please attend the Annual London and District Labour Council Labour Day Picnic this Monday, September 1st in Thames Park, (Ridout Street just south of Horton) from noon to 4 pm. For more information, please visit their website at:

This is really a great opportunity to meet other union members in the London community and to raise UWOSA's profile. Plus, it's free and it's fun!

Hope to see you there.

Meg Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

Join UWOSA at the London Pride Parade!

Dear UWOSA members,

Western's first official appearance at the London Pride Parade will be this Sunday, July 27th at the event's 20th anniversary.

Please join other UWOSA members in the march. The route begins at Western Fair, and proceeds down Queens Avenue to Victoria Park (approximately 3.4 km).

We will be meeting at 12:00 pm in the Western Fair Farmer's Market parking lot, and plan to begin the march at 12:30. Look for the UWOSA banner in the sea of purple.

For more information about Western's participation in the event, visit: or contact the UWOSA office.

Hope to see you there!

Karen Foullong

On and Off-Campus Discounts for UWOSA Members

Hello UWOSA Members,

Happy Summer! We wanted to let you know of some saving opportunities on campus:

- the Grocery Store in UCC now offers a 10% discount on all Snack Trays for the remainder of the summer. The snack trays are fresh and healthy snack packs that are prepared in-house (Deli Packs, Spinach Dip with Pumpernickel Bread, Hummus Tray, Veggie Tray, and more). These items are located within the produce cooler and have signs identifying them as 10% off for staff and faculty.
- the Pharmacy in UCC continues to offer a 10% discount on all non-sale items to faculty and staff (must show Western I.D.)
- Campus Recreation continues to offer early bird and lunch-express rates for annual memberships to faculty and staff. Check it out at:

Please visit the "Member Area" of the website for special savings in and around our community:

- Upcoming productions at Stratford Festival
- Upcoming Shows at Budweiser Gardens

If you have forgotten your password, or have misplaced your membership card, please contact Mary Hay for a new one.

Meghan Perinpanayagam
Membership Services Officer

UWOSA Floating Holiday Notice

Just a reminder that, according to Article 21 – Paid Holidays of the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members (Continuing, Sessional and Term) are entitled to a UWOSA floating holiday to be used by June 30th. However, as you may recall from our recent negotiations, effective July 1, 2014, we are entitled to two floating holidays per year.

Keep in mind that UWOSA floating holidays may not carry forward to the next year, so be sure to use them. If you have not already done so, please make arrangements with your supervisor to schedule a day off as soon as possible (and before June 30th)!

Boun Thai
Vice President
University of Western Ontario Staff Association
University Community Centre, UCC 255
London, ON N6A 3K7
Tel: 519.661.2111 ext 87574
Fax: 519.661.2180

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