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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).

3rd Stratford Festival Offer for UWOSA Members - the Best One Yet!

UWOSA members can now purchase tickets for several different plays in July and August at a price of $25 for plays, and $30 for musicals.

Check the "Member Area" on the left for a list of the different productions, and the discount code. You must be logged in to see the "Member Area". If you do not have your login name and password, call ext 85089 or email

Welcome Dax Chauvin - UWOSA's New Chief Steward

Dax Chauvin, a member from Housing, was recently appointed UWOSA's Chief Steward, and began his new position today.

Dax is from the Windsor area, and has a strong educational background in labour relations. He is looking forward to working hard on behalf of our members. Dax would like anyone with any issues, questions or concerns to contact him at ext 86911 or

July 2011 Newsletter

UWOSA's latest newsletter is going out in campus mail today.

An electronic copy of the newsletter can be found Here


Date: Thursday, June 23rd

Time: First sitting at 12:00 noon / Second sitting at 1:00 pm

Place: U.C. Hill (just look for the LARGE WHITE TENT)

UWOSA members can pick up their tickets from the UWOSA Office, UCC Room 255 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17.

If you are not able to pick up your ticket, you may have a co-worker do so on your behalf, or contact your area Steward to obtain one for you.

We will no longer ‘mail’ tickets to members.

There is limited seating inside the tent. Please consider attending the 1:00 o’clock sitting, as this always seems to have fewer members and therefore there is ample seating. There is always fresh food prepared for this seating.

This year we will be taking CASH DONATIONS for Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation + Education Centre. Salthaven is a non profit charitable organization. It relies on the efforts of volunteers and fundraisers. Without them, it would be impossible to provide the level of care required by their ‘patients’. Please see for more details

Hope to see you on the Hill.

Denise Farr,
Membership Services Officer,

Compensation for Travel Time for UWOSA Members

Members have raised the issue of when and how they are entitled to be compensated for travel time and other ‘work time’ when they are conducting University business; examples are job or student fairs especially those out of town. It seems timely to review UWOSA’s position, stated as early as 2001 which is based on legal advice and past arbitration decisions.

Any time during which the employee is required to be available for the University’s purposes is payable. If an employee is entirely free to do as she pleases during this time, it is likely not ‘work’. Only when a staff member clearly goes ‘off duty’ does the obligation to pay wages stop. Such times would include sleepover time, mealtime and free time.

In law, ‘travel time’ which is not to and from the usual place of work is ‘working time’ and time spent so travelling is ‘authorized time worked’ for the purpose of Article 32.03. For example, travel by train or car to and from a designated location is time directed by the employer and should be counted. Refusal to credit this time would likely constitute a violation of Article 32.

If the hours in a regular work week are exceeded as a result of these hours being included, the member is entitled to compensation under Article 32. A department may require that straight time in lieu is taken, but only if it is taken during the same workweek (Sunday to Saturday) that any additional hours were accrued. If not, these hours are considered overtime.

Numerous arbitrations as far back as 1975 (Canadian National Railway Company and Canadian Telecomms Union) have upheld unions’ positions that time spent travelling on employer business, i.e. time directed by the employer, is work time. The 1978 Wiberg and Treasury Board decision has been cited in many subsequent arbitration decisions in favour of unions.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact me at ext 87574 or

Stephanie Macleod
Vice President

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