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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 Members: Union Savings Contest

UWOSA is a member of Union Savings.

UWOSA Members: Union Savings Contest

Our members can receive discounts on the following:

* Insurance (Accident, Critical Illness, Guaranteed Issue, Home, Auto, Travel, and Term Life)
* Credit Card
* Mortgages
* RESP for Education
* Car Rentals
* Real Estate
* Movers
* Hotels

Union Savings is Canada's only not-for-profit, union run members' benefit program that uses economies of scale to negotiate discounts on a variety of services for union members. By working with more than a million union members across Canada, they continuously work to find new ways to save members money.

As a UWOSA member, registration is free by visiting www.unionsavings.ca or call 1-800-418-2990.

From March 1 - October 31, 2017, Union Savings is giving away cash and prizes to Union Members across Canada. For more information, visit www.winwithunionsavings.ca for more information.

"Dinner at our House" Volunteer with UWOSA at Ronald McDonald House

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

Our Membership Newsletter and Social Committee invites you to the following volunteer opportunity:

Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) “Dinner at our House”

Please join your fellow UWOSA colleagues as we come together for Dinner at our House nights at Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL). The RMHL Dinner at our House program provides a welcoming, supportive and secure environment to out-of-town families of seriously ill or injured children who are in London receiving medical treatment.

On the dates listed below, a group of our members (8-10 individuals per/dinner night) will help plan, purchase, and prepare dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (approximately 60+ individuals).

To help with the cost of the dinner which includes the entrée, salad, juice, & dessert, our members who volunteer to participate will be asked to contribute $10 (cash) that will be used to purchase the dinner items.

UWOSA Dinner Dates:

* Thursday, June 22, 2017
* Thursday, November 23, 2017
* Thursday, December 5, 2017

Time Commitment for each dinner:
The approximate time commitment is 3-4 hours from preparation to clean up.

Location:  The dinners will be held at the Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL) at 741 Baseline Road East, London Ontario

Arrival and Preparation: 4:00 p.m. (varies on the dinner preparation time needed)

Dinner: 6:00 p.m.

Clean Up and Departure: 7:30 p.m.

Please bring your $10 cash contribution towards the Dinner at our House by Wednesday January 25, 2017 (3:00 p.m.) to the UWOSA Office Room 255.

Sign Up Procedure:

If you are interested in participating in any of the Dinner at our House volunteer nights, please sign-up by clicking on the UWOSA Volunteer Sign Up Sheet below. Please write your name, email address, and your preference for the dates listed by indicating the number for your first, second, third etc. choices.

Any dates you do not wish to volunteer or are unavailable, please write “N/A” in the column.

You will be contacted shortly after the January deadline date by one of the MNS Committee members with further details and information about your dinner date selection(s). We will confirm and check-in with you about your interest and availability for the later dates.

UWOSA Volunteer Sign Up Sheet.

Please Sign-up by:Wednesday January 18, 2017 for all dates

Families and Guest Info

For those who have families and guest wishing to participate, we will be doing the following

FIRST PRIORITY will be for individual UWOSA members

SECOND PRIORITY will be for families and UWOSA member guests (UWOSA member must attend with their guest for the Dinner Date).

The minimum age for children to participate is 9 years old and above.

All participants including children and guest are asked to contribute the $10 (cash) for the purchase of the dinner items.

In the sign-up sheet in the column labelled Family/Guest please indicate the number of children and guest who will attend with you.

If you have any questions please contact Natalie Samuel or Stephanie Desarmeau.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit Ronald McDonald House.

Warm Regards,
Natalie Samuel, MNS Committee Member
Stephanie Desarmeau, MNS Committee Member

Call for Members

Call for Members: Strike Preparedness Committee (SPC)

The Strike Preparedness Committee (SPC) is responsible for overall coordination of strike planning and implementation, including the set-up of strike headquarters, and all materials for the picket lines such as signs, cell phones, and refreshments. The SPC develops a communications strategy and coordinates communication including handouts for the picket-line, strike newsletters and bulletins, including the website and social media pages. The SPC identifies the locations of the picket lines, organizes the schedules for pickets, arranges strike captain and picketer training, monitors the picket lines and provides daily reports to the Chair of the Strike Preparedness Committee.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Strike Captain, Lori Johnson

Vacancy: Steward Council: Area Stewards
The purpose of a UWOSA Steward is to represent the members in the area that they serve. This can be the area at the University where the Steward works or anywhere on campus if the position is filled in the member’s direct area.

General responsibilities are to attend bi-monthly Steward Council meetings (see Article 7: Union Representation), bring concerns of members to the attention of Executive Officers, to explain articles within the collective agreement to members, be available, where appropriate to accompany any member who requests union representation (except Article 11, 13 and Article 24 meetings), and to establish a higher profile for UWOSA in departments and units on all campuses of Western University.

We are asking members to consider joining the Stewards Council to represent the following areas for the second year of a two-year electoral term (May 2017 to April 30, 2018):
* ACVS/Robarts
* Medicine – Basic Clinical
* Medicine – Basic Sciences
* VP External, VP Research
* Libraries (alternate)
* Science (alternate)

If you are interested in becoming one of our Stewards, please email Nikki Grozelle, Chief Steward at info@uwosa.ca by Monday, May 15, 2017.

Call for Standing Committee Members:

Constitution and Bylaws:
The Constitution & Bylaws Committee reviews, and recommends changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. It accepts suggestions from Stewards Council, Association Members, and the Executive Committee for consideration. Recommendations are submitted in writing to Stewards Council and if approved, are put forth to the membership for discussion and vote.
If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment
and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.

Finance:
The Finance Committee develops short-term and long-term budgetary plans for the union, reviews monthly profit and loss statements, and recommends operating funds to be approved by Executive Committee, Stewards Council and the Membership at the end of each fiscal year (May 1 - April 30). The Finance Committee also meets with the union's financial advisors on investment portfolios and establishes procedures for payment distribution in the event of a strike.

If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment
and please send to James Taron at 255 UCC.

Membership, Newsletter, and Social:
The Membership Newsletter & Social Committee is responsible for planning annual events, assist with training and development events (i.e., retreat), assist with community support projects (i.e., hamper program for the Salvation Army) and volunteer opportunities (Ronald McDonald House). In additions the MNS Committee writes articles for the Association's newsletter and finds promotions and discounts from London and surrounding venues to offer to our members (i.e., Columbia Store and Union Savings). If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment
and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.

Nominations to our Standing Committees are on-going. If you have any questions, please email the Executive Committee at info@uwosa.ca.

In Solidarity,
~ John Critchley, President

March "Dinner at our House" Ronald McDonald House Highlights

Sloppy Joe's and Caesar Salad was the menu for the March 2, 2017 UWOSA hosted "Dinner at Our House" event on March 2, 2017. The group - - Lisa Lyons, Mari Long, Norma Jean Trask, Ann Baker, Mary Van de Ven, Natalie Samuel, and Stephanie Desarmeau - - were treated to a tour of the House prior to making, serving, and eating supper with the families currently staying at the House.

"It is such an enjoyable experience to meet fellow UWOSA members and share in this wonderful opportunity to give back to our community," said Stephanie Desarmeau, co-organizer of the event.



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kitchen

careboard


Co-organizers, Natalie Samuel, and Stephanie Desarmeau invite all UWOSA members interested to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Iu0M9PCOPUXVxgUJu-4FFTftGZTBWZdV...

February Ronald McDonald House Highlights

February 2, 2017 was the first UWOSA "Dinner at our House" volunteer opportunity at the Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL). We can all be proud of our fellow UWOSA members - - Julie Chapman, Mauricio Marin, Steve Hewlette, Margaret Richmond, Natalie Samuel, Jennifer Heidenheim, and Stephanie Desarmeau - - for providing great food and converasation for the families staying at the House.

"This was such a great opportunity to get to know members from across our union. We had an amazing night, cooking, laughing and eating and all for a great cause," said co-organizer, Natalie Samuel.




Successful Night

Successful Night

Successful Night

Successful Night


UWOSA has several more volunteer opportunities scheduled, and, if there is more interest, Natalie or Stephanie is happy to check to see about us getting more dates and have other members lead the different groups so that as many UWOSA members can participate.

Below is the link to the sign-up page if interested:

Participant Sign-Up Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Iu0M9PCOPUXVxgUJu-4FFTftGZTBWZdV...

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