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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).

October 2017 newsletter now available

Hello everyone,
The October 2017 UWOSA newsletter is now available in the Member Area section of our website, under Newsletters.
UWOSA Office

Sign Up for Job Evaluation Information Sessions

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

As the July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021 Collective Agreement has been ratified by the Board of Governors, and as stated during our Ratification Vote meeting in August, Western Human Resources will be holding education sessions on the Job Evaluation System (JES2013) Implementation.

Sessions will be held as follows:
October 25, 2017 – 9am to 11am – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)
November 1, 2017 – 1pm to 3pm – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)

To Register
• Log on to My Human Resources at
• Select "Manage Training Registration"
• Select "Enroll in Internal Training Courses"
• Select "Search by Course Name" and type in "UWOSA Job Eval"
• Select "View Available Sessions"
• Choose your preferred session
• "Submit" and "Save" your registration

Please note: You do not have to take vacation time to attend these sessions. If your supervisor is not allowing you to attend, please email us at

If your PDQ was submitted between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017: Western Human Resources will communicate the results of your PDQ evaluation in writing by January 1, 2018. If you agree with the evaluation, then, if applicable, retroactive compensation will be paid out to you. If you do not agree with the evaluation, then you maintain the right to appeal (as per Article 44: Job Evaluation).

If your PDQ was submitted after June 30, 2017 or is still outstanding:
As per Appendix L of our new collective agreement, Western Human Resources has committed to contact departments where PDQs were not submitted, to ensure they are completed by November 30, 2017. Western Human Resources will provide your supervisor the resources and training to complete your PDQ. If your supervisor asks you to fill out the PDQ, or does not allow you to review the PDQ prior to its submission to Human Resources, please email right away.

Finally, Western has created a website for the UWOSA job evaluation which provides further information as we all move through this process.

If you have any questions, please contact


UWOSA Executive Committee

Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Mental Health First Aid Canada trainingis being offered at no cost to employees.

The next scheduled course is this October. It is scheduled over four mornings: October 17, 19, 23 & 25, from 8:45am-12:00pm each day. (Attendance at all dates required).

At Western, mental health issues affect our staff, faculty, students and their friends and families. In fact, one in four Canadian workers will experience a mental health issue within the next 12 months, and 500,000 are absent from work on any given day due to a mental health problem.

Participants in the course will learn how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. To date over 900 Western leaders, faculty and staff have completed the Mental Health First Aid certification program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cara Carson, Learning & Development, Western, at

UWOSA Ratifies Collective Agreement

Fellow UWOSA Members,

We have ratified a new collective agreement by a vote of 93.14%. (The breakdown was 367 yes, 27 no, 1 abstention).

A tentative agreement was reached between UWOSA and Western University the afternoon of August 4, 2017. We had been without a contract since June 30, 2017.

On behalf of the negotiations team, we once again, thank the membership for their overwhelming support during negotiations and towards the ratification of this agreement. We also thank our brothers and sisters in other unions on campus for their support.

Details of the Collective Agreement will be released once Western's Board of Governors approves it.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, James Taron, Karen McDonald, and Evan Wiley (Negotiations Team)

Tentative Agreement Reached Between UWOSA and Western

August 4, 2017
A message from the Negotiations Team:

The UWOSA Negotiationg Team has a tentative collective agreement with Western’s Administration.

According to our Constitution and Bylaws 16.2.2, “An information meeting(s) for all of the UWOSA constituents as defined by the Ontario Labour Relations Board Certificate will be called before a contract ratification vote is taken.”

Details of the tentative new agreement will be provided at an Information Meeting for the Purpose of a Contract Ratification Vote.

Watch your email and this website for specific details next week.

We wish to again thank the membership for all of their support throughout this process.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, Evan Wiley, James Taron, and Karen McDonald

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