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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 2016 Call for Nominations

Dear Members,

As you finish your last couple of working days in 2015, I’d like to draw your attention to the upcoming UWOSA Elections for 2016.

All the information for the upcoming elections can be found on the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca). Please click on the following to access this information:

Call for Nominations - 2016 Election

Nomination Form

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) - UWOSA Elections

Should you have any questions or would like any more information, please contact me or any of the members of the Elections Committee: Francisco Bautista-Cruz, Sharon Campbell, Will Harris, Mary Hay (ex officio), Rodger Moran, Ann Seabrook, and Connie Sutherland.

Have a wonderful holiday,
Tiffany

Tiffany Trudgeon, Chair
UWOSA Elections Committee

Notice of UWOSA General Meeting

Dear UWOSA Member,

This is Notice that the University of Western Ontario Staff Association will be holding a General Meeting on Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Social Science Centre, Room 2050.

Following is the Agenda for this meeting. A copy of the Agenda and the attachments for the Agenda can be found in the Members Area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca). If you would like a paper copy of these documents, please email mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

AGENDA
1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held April 9, 2015**
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. Report of the President (Meg Perinpanayagam)
5. Report of the Treasurer (Rob Fournier)
- Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements for the Fiscal Year ended April 30, 2015** (Paul Kensit, CPA, CA, BDO Dunwoody, LLP)
6. Report of Other Officers
7. Reports of Standing Committees
a) Constitution & Bylaw Committee (John Critchley)
- Proposed Changes to Article 7.12**
8. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
9. New Business
10. Adjournment

Please bring photo identification to gain admittance to the meeting.

You are entitled to 2 hours away from work (including your regularly scheduled meal period) to attend this meeting. In addition, if you work away from main campus, you are entitled to up to one hour of additional time for travel. This time does not need to be made up.

** available for review in the UWOSA office prior to the meeting

Members Needed for UWOSA Elections Committee

Dear UWOSA member,

The UWOSA Elections committee is currently being formed in preparation for the election on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

This committee oversees nominations and ensures that elections are held in a fair and impartial manner. All members not running for office are welcome to join, and the committee elects its own chair.

If you are interested in being a member on the Elections Committee, please email mary.hay@uwosa.ca or call ext 85089.

Thank you

UWOSA Response to Goudge Report

Meg Perinpanayagam, University of Western Ontario Staff Association (UWOSA) president, said the Goudge Report’s findings raise more “concerns and questions, than satisfactory answers.”

“We were surprised the chair of the Board of Governors solely negotiated an amended contract with President Chakma without the approval of the Senior Operations Committee, who, in turn, has the responsibility of the contract, and was ignorant to the fact that it had occurred,”
Perinpanayagam said Tuesday. “Justice Goudge’s findings also called Shah’s actions a ‘simple misunderstanding.’ We were also surprised to learn that the chair of the Senior Operations Committee – who also is the chair of the Board of Governors – took the extra step to seek legal counsel externally. This action could be viewed as calculated or deliberate to circumvent the process.”

Perinpanayagam also questioned how Chakma could negotiate a double payment at the same time the university was asking to freeze unionized employment compensation.

“Mr. Shah said on April 1 that ‘in this time of fiscal uncertainty and restraint in the postsecondary education sector, Western’s Board of Governors is highly sensitive to the concerns expressed by members of the Western community and the wider public,’” Perinpanayagam continued. “This is the same man who approved, without his own Board’s knowledge, a negotiated double cash payment to enhance the President’s pension.”

Perinpanayagam said UWOSA maintains its non-confidence in the leadership of Chakma and Shah.

“We believe that in order for the university to move forward, Western’s administration and governance should be transparent, responsible, and accountable,” she concluded.

UWOSA Executive and Committee Vacancies

There are currently two volunteer opportunities available for UWOSA members:

Health and Safety Officer - UWOSA Executive

John Critchley has resigned as Health and Safety Officer as he has been appointed Vice President of UWOSA.

This leaves us with a vacancy on our Executive Committee. A new Health and Safety Officer will be appointed for the electoral term ending April 30, 2016 at the November 18, 2015 meeting of the Stewards Council.

This is a position open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum 200 words) to mary.hay@uwosa.ca by 4:00 pm on November 16, 2015 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 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 Health and Safety Officer.

If you have any questions regarding the role, or the appointment process, please call ext 85089 or email mary.hay@uwosa.ca.

UWOSA Representative - UWO Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic (ACPT)

The Advisory Committee on Parking and Traffic was established by the Board of Governors to advise the Vice-President (Resources & Operations) on campus parking and traffic matters.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please forward a completed Committee Appointment Request Form, found here to Mary Hay at UWOSA, UCC 255, via email to: mary.hay@uwosa.ca, or by fax to ext 82180 by 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2015.

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