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UWOSA is an independent union representing approximately 875 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, Storekeepers, Technical Supervisors and Undergraduate Assistants (and so much more). Western wouldn't work without UWOSA.
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Update from our UWOSA President

Tue, 2017-04-25 15:23

Dear UWOSA Members,

For those of you that were not able to attend today’s Annual General Meeting, the membership in attendance voted overwhelmingly to increase our monthly dues by 0.45% from 1.25% set in 1998 to 1.7%.

This increase will ensure that UWOSA will continue to be able to represent our members and has allowed us to pass a balanced budget for 2017-2018. As per Article 6.01 of the Collective Agreement, we have sent written notice of this change to the University and expect the change to be reflected on our May pay.

On behalf of the UWOSA Executive, Stewards Council and Finance Committee, I would like thank all the members who attended this important meeting and participated in the discussion.

John Critchley
President, UWOSA

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A Message from our UWOSA President

Fri, 2017-04-21 12:28

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming UWOSA Annual General Meeting being held on Tuesday, April 25th at 12:00 pm in the Arts and Humanities Building (AHB), Room 1R40.

This is an important meeting as we will be discussing and voting to approve the 2017-2018 operating budget. As you should be aware from the agenda sent out on April 12th, under a recommendation from UWOSA’s Finance Committee, a motion will be made to raise our dues by 0.45% which would increase our current dues set in 1997 at 1.25% to 1.70%.

In addition, your UWOSA Negotiating Team is preparing to enter into collective bargaining with the university to negotiate a new collective agreement. Information and updates on the bargaining process will be provided at this meeting.

We will also be providing information on the current state of our job evaluations and the new Job Evaluation System as well as the status of our formal complaint with the Pay Equity Commission against the University.

I urge every member to attend this important meeting. Please remember, as per Article 7.07 in the Collective Agreement, all UWOSA members are entitled to two hours without loss of pay to attend the Annual General Meeting (this includes our regularly scheduled meal period). For those members that work off main campus, you are entitled to an additional hour to allow for travel time.

Please notify your supervisors as soon as possible of you intent to attend the meeting and please email us at if you are prevented from attending.

Thank you.

John Critchley
UWOSA President

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Announcement: Annual General Meeting

Wed, 2017-04-12 13:27

The Annual General meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in Arts & Humanities Building, room 1R40.

Please bring your Western ID card 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.

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws, the agenda will be as follows:
1. Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of the Minutes: General Meeting held December 13, 2016 (Member Area)*
3. Business Arising out of the Minutes
4. President’s Report
5. Report of the Treasurer**
6. Report of Chief Steward
7. Reports of Standing Committees
8. Reports of Special Committees
9. Any Unfinished Business from Previous Meetings
10. New Business
11. Adjournment

*You must sign in to view the Member Area, to read the General Meeting minutes

**A motion will be made to raise dues by .45% to a total of 1.7%

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UWOSA 2017 Seniority List Available

Fri, 2017-04-07 21:12

The UWOSA Seniority List as of March 31, 2017 has been posted in the Member Area of our website,

If you are a new UWOSA member and have not received your UWOSA access email, or if you are a current member and are having difficulty accessing your account on our website, please contact the UWOSA office for assistance.

If you are a Continuing or Sessional member, please review your information carefully to ensure it is accurate. If you believe it is not, please contact the UWOSA office at

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Invitation: Columbia Employee Store: March 27 - April 16, 2017

Sun, 2017-03-19 14:39

You Are Invited to the Columbia Employee Store for Shopping

When: March 27 - April 16, 2017

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
1425 Max Brose Dr.
London Ontario, N6N 0A2

Mon-Fri: 10a – 7p
Sat: 10a – 6p
Sun: 11a – 5p

What: UWOSA card/Western 1 card and A piece of personal photo ID and the invitation. The invitation can be found in the Member Area section of our website, under "Membership, Discounts and Volunteer Opportunities".

If you do not have a UWOSA card, please send an email to with your campus address. After verification, we will send to your card to you.

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UWOSA Members: Union Savings Contest

Wed, 2017-03-08 12:14

UWOSA is a member of Union Savings.

Our members can receive discounts on the following:

* Insurance (Accident, Critical Illness, Guaranteed Issue, Home, Auto, Travel, and Term Life)
* Credit Card
* Mortgages
* RESP for Education
* Car Rentals
* Real Estate
* Movers
* Hotels

Union Savings is Canada's only not-for-profit, union run members' benefit program that uses economies of scale to negotiate discounts on a variety of services for union members. By working with more than a million union members across Canada, they continuously work to find new ways to save members money.

As a UWOSA member, registration is free by visiting or call 1-800-418-2990.

From March 1 - October 31, 2017, Union Savings is giving away cash and prizes to Union Members across Canada. For more information, visit for more information.

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March "Dinner at our House" Ronald McDonald House Highlights

Mon, 2017-03-06 15:12

Sloppy Joe's and Caesar Salad was the menu for the March 2, 2017 UWOSA hosted "Dinner at Our House" event on March 2, 2017. The group - - Lisa Lyons, Mari Long, Norma Jean Trask, Ann Baker, Mary Van de Ven, Natalie Samuel, and Stephanie Desarmeau - - were treated to a tour of the House prior to making, serving, and eating supper with the families currently staying at the House.

"It is such an enjoyable experience to meet fellow UWOSA members and share in this wonderful opportunity to give back to our community," said Stephanie Desarmeau, co-organizer of the event.

Co-organizers, Natalie Samuel, and Stephanie Desarmeau invite all UWOSA members interested to sign up:

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February Ronald McDonald House Highlights

Mon, 2017-03-06 14:39

February 2, 2017 was the first UWOSA "Dinner at our House" volunteer opportunity at the Ronald McDonald House London (RMHL). We can all be proud of our fellow UWOSA members - - Julie Chapman, Mauricio Marin, Steve Hewlette, Margaret Richmond, Natalie Samuel, Jennifer Heidenheim, and Stephanie Desarmeau - - for providing great food and converasation for the families staying at the House.

"This was such a great opportunity to get to know members from across our union. We had an amazing night, cooking, laughing and eating and all for a great cause," said co-organizer, Natalie Samuel.

UWOSA has several more volunteer opportunities scheduled, and, if there is more interest, Natalie or Stephanie is happy to check to see about us getting more dates and have other members lead the different groups so that as many UWOSA members can participate.

Below is the link to the sign-up page if interested:

Participant Sign-Up Link:

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UWOSA Newsletter and February Activities

Thu, 2017-01-26 13:43
January 2017 UWOSA Newsletter

Please visit our website, sign in under Member Area and choose “Newsletter” for our January 2017 issue.

Annual Valentine's Day Luncheon

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017
Where: Great Hall, Somerville House
When: Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
How to Get a Lunch Ticket:
You may pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC Room 255 from:
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017
or 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017
Please bring your Western ONECard with you.
If you are unable to pick up your ticket, please email your Area Steward (most recent Stewards Council list can be found in "About UWOSA" on our website) for assistance.

Check out the January 2017 UWOSA newsletter for the lunch menu. If you have any special dietary needs, please email Great Hall Catering by February 4th with the subject “UWOSA Lunch” and which seating you plan to attend. **This includes if you require a vegetarian meal.**

This year, we will be collecting monetary donations for El Sistema at the Luncheon. This offers musical instruments and lessons to children who otherwise would be unable to afford it.

UWOSA Night at London Lightning Basketball

Do you love basketball or have family at home that might like to enjoy a game? Join UWOSA Night at Budweiser Gardens for a basketball game between the London Lightning vs. Orangeville A’s
When: Saturday February 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Budweiser Gardens
What: Ticket: Only $14.00 for adult or child and includes same section seating for all UWOSA members!
How to Purchase Your Ticket:
In Person: At the Budweiser Gardens box office. Give the promotion code: UWOSA. We recommend purchasing tickets in person at the box office to avoid service charges that are added when ordering online.
By Phone: 519-667-5700. Promotion code: UWOSA. Please note that an additional administrative fee applies if you purchase tickets by phone.
Online: Promotion code: UWOSA. Please note that an additional administrative fee applies if you purchase tickets online.
Accessible seats: please call 519-432-8894 and give them the promotion code: UWOSA. Service animals are welcome, however, if you are bringing a service animal, please advise when you purchase your ticket.

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Request from the UWOSA President

Fri, 2017-01-20 13:52

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

As per the Employer's Review Schedule of UWOSA Position Descriptions (Article 44.02), all position description questionnaires (PDQs) on the new evaluation form (JES2013) should have been completed by December 31, 2016.

If your PDQ has not been started or you are working on it with your supervisor, but it has not been submitted to your Budget Unit Head/Dean's office, please email us immediately at

Thank you in advance.

In solidarity,
John Critchley, President, UWOSA

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