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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).

Trivia Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following members who were the first five individuals to correctly complete and return the Trivia Quiz in December's newsletter:

Chris Fleck
Meagan Seale
Clara Fernandes
Tom Crones
Sharon Story

Each winner will receive a lovely UWOSA water bottle.

Well done!

2012 UWOSA Photo Contest

2012 UWOSA Photo Contest
Submit your entries now!

The UWOSA Photo Contest has begun! This year’s contest has a WINTER THEME, so please ensure that your submissions have something to do with this wonderful season.

There are 3 categories: People, Places and Things. Each member can submit one winter-themed entry per category. The deadline for submissions is January 17, 2012.

UWOSA Committee Reports for December - JLC Promos and 2012 Elections

Membership and Social Committee

For anyone looking to help bring Christmas to a local family in need, here is an opportunity for you -- Send a cheque or drop off cash to the UWOSA office in UCC Room 255 by Tuesday December 13th., and we will deliver all donations to the staff at Life*Spin.

John Labatt Centre Discounts
When you have a minute, please check our the Members Area of the web site to see the newest discount offers from the JLC. You may be pleasantly surprised.

Denise Farr, Membership Services Officer and
Chair, Membership and Social Committee

Elections Committee
UWOSA’s 2012 Election will be held on Thursday, March 1st. A call for nominations will be sent out this month for the following positions:

Executive positions
President (full release)
Vice President (full release)
Chief Steward (full release)
Membership Services Officer
Health and Safety Officer

Steward positions
All Area Steward positions for Areas A to T inclusive

This year’s Election Committee members include myself, Cathy Cole, Garrett Goulin, Shailesh Nene and Maureen O’Connell. Please feel free to contact any of us with any questions regarding these elections.

Jennifer Brace
Chair, Elections Committee

John Critchley - UWOSA's new Health & Safety Officer

UWOSA is pleased to announce that John Critchley has been appointed Health and Safety Officer. John was the Area H Steward for Weldon Library, and served as Council Chair prior to being appointed to his new role. John can be found in Western Archives, where he works as a records services assistant.

As the new Health and Safety Officer, John will maintain a watching brief on health and safety issues that affect UWOSA’s membership, investigate questions and complaints from members concerning health and safety, and continue to represent members on Western’s Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee. He will also serve on the Executive, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the union.

UWOSA General Meeting - November 24th

The UWOSA General Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 24th in the Great Hall from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Agenda packages are being mailed to members on November 16th. Please remember to bring your staff identification cards to gain admittance to the meeting.

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