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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).

Results of Election for Social Science Steward

Dear Members,

Thank you to all UWOSA members in the Faculty of Social Science who voted in our recent Social Science Steward Election.

A very special thank you to both Maureen O’Connell and Mary Van de Ven for nominating themselves and participating in the election.

We are pleased to let you know that Mary Van de Ven has been re-elected as the Social Science Steward. Congratulations, Mary!


Tiffany Trudgeon
Chair – Elections Committee

Message from the UWOSA President

It is with mixed feelings to announce that Mary Hay has resigned as our Business Manager. Her last day in the UWOSA office will be Friday, March 18th. To say that Mary has been invaluable to the union is an understatement, and will be sorely missed. Mary is the only one I know who can recite verbatim Article 13, find the second copy of third draft notes from negotiation and know where on campus each member in our union works without checking the database.

We thank Mary for spending 14 years of her career with UWOSA. Mary has gone above and beyond for our union, and definitely above and beyond for those who have sat in Executive officer or committee chair seats, past and present.

Mary’s new employer will be getting a talented individual with keen insight, intelligence and a great sense of humor. The Union office won’t be the same without her.

Meg Perinpanayagam
President, UWOSA

Member Advantage: Laura Secord Discount, Back by Popular Demand!

The Laura Secord stores at Masonville Place and White Oaks Mall are again offering a special VIP discount this coming weekend at their stores. There will not be another discounted weekend before Easter, so be sure to stock up for the upcoming holiday!

All UWOSA members who show their UWOSA membership card & Western staff card will receive 20% off all purchases; this discount is not valid with any other offers or discounts. This offer is only valid Thursday, March 3 to Sunday, March 6, 2016 and only at the Masonville Place and White Oaks Mall locations.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

Updated Seniority List Available

A new seniority list, complete to December 31, 2015 (and including January, 2016 hires and departure), has now been posted in the Member Area of the UWOSA website ( You must be logged in to access the Member Area. If you do not have your login information, please contact Meg Perinpanayagam at email:

It is very important that each continuing and sessional member checks the information listed to ensure that it is accurate. If you believe that your entry may be incorrect, please email me at

Val Van Domelen
Chief Steward

Member Advantage: First-ever Columbia Outlet Winter Clearance Sale

From Friday, February 26 - Sunday, March 6, all end of season items will be an additional 25% off the current employee prices for UWOSA members at the Columbia Employee Store! As you probably already know, the Employee Store prices are already amazing and now with this extra discount, you and your friends/family that accompany you to the store have the opportunity to purchase the same great product at even better prices.

This invitation is only valid from Friday, February 26 - Sunday, March 6.

Please be sure to bring *all three* of the following items: Your UWOSA card, your Western ONECard, and the printed invitation found here. If you need a new UWOSA card, please contact Mary Hay (; if you need a new Western ONECard, please visit Student Central in WSS1120 with a piece of valid government-issued photo ID.

The Columbia Employee Store is located at 1425 Max Brose Dr, London, ON.

Best regards,

Heather Guizzetti on behalf of the UWOSA Membership, Newsletter, & Social Committee

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