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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).

We Need Your Input: 2016 Membership Information Survey

October 26, 2016

Dear UWOSA Member,

The final year of our current collective agreement has arrived, and our Negotiations Committee requests your input to form the direction the Committee should take on your behalf at the upcoming round of negotiations in 2017.

Please log into our website, www.uwosa.ca, and go to Member Area main page for the survey link to the 2016 Member Information Survey.

UWOSA uses Qualtrics, but we have our own account and it is not linked to the University’s account.

In addition, all of your answers will remain confidential and are not linked to one individual or an IP address. Again, the information you provide will help the Negotiations Team at the next round of collective bargaining in 2017.

The survey will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete and will close on November 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM.

Thank you in advance for your thoughts and time.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Chair, Negotiations Committee
info@uwosa.ca

Message from the UWOSA President

Dear UWOSA Members,

I am pleased to announce that Nikki Grozelle has been acclaimed as Chief Steward for the remainder of the 2016-2018 term. Nikki is an Animal Laboratory Specialist in Animal Care, Veterinary Services.

Nikki brings to the role a passion to advocacy for unionized labour and safety in the workplace as well as excellent organizational skills. She looks forward to meeting with members, working closely with our Area Stewards and Executive Officers to protect our rights under the collective agreement.

Nikki begins her role as Chief Steward on November 1, 2016 and can be reached at extension 86911 or by email at: nikki@uwosa.ca.

Katie Merchant, our current Membership Services Officer, has decided to step down from this role for personal reasons. We thank Katie for her contributions in her position as she brought new ideas, energy and leadership to this role.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Membership Services Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2018 at the November 16, 2016 meeting of the Stewards Council. The duties of the Membership Services Officer are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, Article 7.6.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please fill out and submit a Nomination form and send to info@uwosa.ca by November 4, 2016. The nomination form can be found in the Member Area section of our website, www.uwosa.ca.
Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Membership Services Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please email info@uwosa.ca.

In solidarity,
John Critchley

Position Vacancy: Chief Steward

Val Van Domelen retired from Western University on August 31, 2016, and as such has vacated the office of Chief Steward. This role will be treated as a secondment from a current role at Western University until April 30, 2018.

This is a full-time release position as per Article 7.08c of the collective agreement and is open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. Responsibilities of the Chief Steward are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, section 7.0 “Officers of the Association.” If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief biography to info@uwosa.ca by September 23, 2016, to be submitted for review by our Stewards Council.

All applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Noon to provide a brief (3 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine our new Chief Steward.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please email info@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA News: Latest Issue Now Available

We are pleased to announce that beginning with this issue, the UWOSA newsletter is now electronic.

Please visit our website in the Member Area section to read the latest issue.

If you require this document in an alternative format such as large print or a coloured background, please email the UWOSA Office.

UWOSA Standing Committee and Joint UWO/UWOSA Committee Vacancies

UWOSA Representatives Needed for Joint UWO/UWOSA Committees

Dear UWOSA member,

As we have just entered a new electoral term, the following committees require UWOSA representatives:

Employee Assistance Program Committee (one member required for a two year term):
The Employee Assistance Program Committee shall be responsible for: (a) Monitoring the overall effectiveness of the policy and its procedures (b) Monitoring the services provided by the agency under this policy (c) Providing assistance and support in the planning, coordination, presentation and publicity of Employee Assistance Program information and training sessions on a continuing basis (d) Recommending for payment all appropriate expenses and services provided under the Plan, and ensuring that the agency's services and costs are appropriately audited (e) Recommending the agency with which the University shall contract counselling services in support of the Employee Assistance Program 5.03 Recommendations regarding the foregoing responsibilities will be directed to the Assistant Vice President, Human Resources (MAPP 3.8)

Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic(one member required for a two-year term):
The ACPT is responsible for recommending initiatives on parking and traffic for the campus.

Parking Appeals Committee (one member required for a two-year term):
The Parking Appeals Committee is responsible for arriving at objective and fair decisions in regards to infraction appeals.

President’s Committee on the Safety of Women on Campus (one member for a two year term):
This committee has adopted the following goals: Monitor the current situation relative to the safety of women on campus; Recommend initiatives which will have a positive impact on the safety of women on campus. These initiatives should focus not only on physical safety issues but on educational projects which address climate issues; Raise awareness in the University community of safety issues specific to women; Encourage and promote the efforts of other community groups in all initiatives to improve the safety of women; Present the Committee's finding and recommendations to the President of the University and the University community.

Environmental and Laboratory Safety Committee (one member required for a two-year term):
This committee offers information and links of a variety of services to assist in providing a healthy and safe laboratory environment.
Learning, Staff Development and Training Committee (2 members required for a two year term): This team supports the development of staff across the University to be successful with their present and changing roles and accountabilities. They plan, create, access, advocate for, or sponsor opportunities to support identified development needs. Learning, Staff Development, and Training is focused on supporting people to grow in the workplace, to realize their potential, and to perform their roles to meet the outcomes required.

If you are interested in joining, please sign into the Member Area of the UWOSA website, under Forms and fill out the Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment. You may then email your form to info@uwosa.ca.

The Stewards Council will appoint representatives to these committees at its June 15, 2016 meeting.

UWOSA Members Needed for UWOSA Standing Committees:

As we have just entered a new electoral term, all UWOSA committees have openings for new members:

Constitution & Bylaws Committee:
Chair: Meg Perinpanayagam, Vice President
This committee reviews, provides clarity and recommends changes to the Constitution and Bylaws.

Education and Training Committee:
Chair: John Critchley, President
This committee develops and proposes programs and policies which will advance the educational and training needs and interests of the Association membership. They establish criteria and adjudicate applications from members for education and training opportunities.

Finance Committee:
Chair: James Taron, Treasurer
This committee reviews UWOSA’s financial statements and investments.

Membership, Newsletter & Social Committee:
Co-Chairs: Katie Merchant, Membership Services Officer and Meg Perinpanayagam, Vice President
This committee works to advance the educational, social and cultural interests of the Association membership and publishes the newsletter.

Negotiations Committee:
Chair: Meg Perinpanayagam, Vice President
This committee collects information at local, provincial and federal levels pertinent to university salaries and benefits, gathers information from members regarding issues pertinent to contract negotiations, and prepares a salary/benefits brief.

If you are interested in joining, please sign into the Member Area of the UWOSA website, under Forms and fill out the Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment You may then email your form to the appropriate chair as indicated.

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