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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).

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 attached printed invitation. 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.

Best regards,

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

Valentine's Day Luncheon Reminder

A quick reminder for those that have tickets for the February 11 luncheon that we will be collecting monetary donations at the door in support of Wellspring, Wellspring is a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them.

The meal this year will include a chipotle tomato bisque soup, garden salad & rolls, chicken teriyaki stirfry, and some Valentine's Day cupcakes.

Please note that we did have to provide final numbers to the Great Hall on Friday, February 5, so we no longer have tickets to provide to more members.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Heather Guizzetti
on behalf of the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee

UWOSA Elections - Result of Call for Nominations

Following are the officers acclaimed for the 2016-2018 electoral year:

President: John Critchley
Vice-President: Meg Perinpanayagam
Chief Steward: Val Van DOmelen
Treasurer: James Taron
Health & Safety Officer: Cleusa De Oliveira
Membership Services Officer: Katie Merchant
Secretary: Heather Guizzetti

Stewards Council
Dentistry: Catherine Saunders
Education: Susanna Green
Engineering: Karen McDonald
Health Sciences: Jackie Windsor
Science: Jennifer Heidenheim

An election will be held for the following Steward position:

Social Science
Maureen O'Connell
Mary Van De Ven

Tiffany Trudgeon
Chair, UWOSA Elections Committee

Pay Equity and Job Evaluation Update

For those of you who were unable to attend the December UWOSA General meeting, please go to the Members Only section, Pay Equity and UWOSA members section for a recent update regarding pay equity and job evaluation.

~Meg Perinpanayagam, President

Final Reminder - UWOSA Elections Deadline Friday, January 29th

Dear Members,

Just a reminder that the deadline for Nomination Forms is this Friday, January 29, 2016. Nomination Forms and other information concerning the election can be found at the UWOSA website (

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

Thank you,


Tiffany Trudgeon, Chair
UWOSA Elections Committee

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