University of Western Ontario Staff Association

REMINDER: Information for Ratification Meeting Tomorrow

NOTICE OF INFORMATION FOR RATIFICATION VOTE MEETING

When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where: North Campus Building**, Room 101

AGENDA

1. Approval of the Agenda

2. Information on Tentative Collective Agreement

3. Question and Answer Period

4. Adjournment

Please bring your Western One ID or photo ID 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.

Polls will open for voting on the ratification of the collective agreement immediately after the meeting until 3:30 pm.

Polls will also be open on Wednesday August 23rd and Thursday 24th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm in UCC Room 255 (UWOSA Office). Highlights of the collective agreement will be available to read prior to voting.

**North Campus Building is located on Perth Drive between the Labatts Visual Arts Centre & Delaware Hall.

UWOSA Members: Information for Ratification Vote Meeting: August 22nd, Noon to 2 p.m.

NOTICE OF INFORMATION FOR RATIFICATION VOTE MEETING

When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where: North Campus Building**, Room 101


AGENDA

1. Approval of the Agenda

2. Information on Tentative Collective Agreement

3. Question and Answer Period

4. Adjournment

Please bring your Western One ID or photo ID 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.

Polls will open for voting on the ratification of the collective agreement immediately after the meeting until 3:30 pm.

Polls will also be open on Wednesday August 23rd and Thursday 24th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm in UCC Room 255 (UWOSA Office). Highlights of the collective agreement will be available to read prior to voting.

**North Campus Building is located on Perth Drive between the Labatts Visual Arts Centre & Delaware Hall.

Notice to All Members: Information for Ratification Meeting, August 22, 2017

NOTICE OF INFORMATION FOR RATIFICATION MEETING

When: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Where: North Campus Building**, Room 101


AGENDA

1. Approval of the Agenda

2. Information on Tentative Collective Agreement

3. Question and Answer Period

4. Adjournment

Please bring your Western One ID or photo ID 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.

Polls will open for voting on the ratification of the collective agreement immediately after the meeting until 3:30 pm.

Polls will also be open on Wednesday August 23rd and Thursday 24th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm in UCC Room 255 (UWOSA Office). Highlights of the collective agreement will be available to read prior to voting.

**North Campus Building is located on Perth Drive between the Labatts Visual Arts Centre & Delaware Hall.

Tentative Agreement Reached Between UWOSA and Western

August 4, 2017
A message from the Negotiations Team:

The UWOSA Negotiationg Team has a tentative collective agreement with Western’s Administration.

According to our Constitution and Bylaws 16.2.2, “An information meeting(s) for all of the UWOSA constituents as defined by the Ontario Labour Relations Board Certificate will be called before a contract ratification vote is taken.”

Details of the tentative new agreement will be provided at an Information Meeting for the Purpose of a Contract Ratification Vote.

Watch your email and this website for specific details next week.

We wish to again thank the membership for all of their support throughout this process.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, Evan Wiley, James Taron, and Karen McDonald

Welcome Olga Sauer, UWOSA's Business Manager

Join us in welcoming Olga Sauer as UWOSA's new Business Manager. Olga began in the UWOSA office on July 3, 2017. Some of you may know Olga if you work with graduate students, as Olga had previously worked in the SOGS office for the past 14 years. Olga understands a union cycle and has been a UWOSA member in Computer Science, Chemistry, Internal Medicine, Robarts, and Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation.

"I look forward to working for UWOSA and with the Executive, Steward Council, all the committees and the UWOSA members," Olga said when asked about her new role.

Thank you to the Selection Committee: Lori Johnson, Maureen O'Connell, Shilesh Nene, Heather Guizzetti, and Jackie Windsor who chose the external human resources consulting firm and also to Lori Johnson who sat on the interview panel for all of the candidates.

The Executive Committee thanks all of you for your patience and understanding over the past year and a half as we worked through this process.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam
Acting President

July 7, 2017 Negotiations Update

July 7, 2017

Fellow UWOSA Members:
Please visit our UWOSA website, www.uwosa.ca, under the Member Area "Strike Preparedness Information" for an important request for information.

In Solidarity,
Lori Johnson, Chair
Strike Preparedness Committee

Negotiations Update

June 29, 2017

Fellow UWOSA Members:

Please visit our UWOSA website, www.uwosa.ca, under the Member Area “Negotiations Information” for an update.

In solidarity,
UWOSA Negotiations Team

Negotiations Update

Fellow UWOSA Members:

Please visit our UWOSA website, www.uwosa.ca, under the Member Area “Negotiations Information” for an update.

In solidarity,
UWOSA Negotiations Team

UWOSA Appoints Membership Services Officer


UWOSA is pleased to announce that the Stewards Council appointed Natalie Samuel as its new Membership Services Officer.

Natalie has been actively involved with the Membership Newsletter and Social committee for the past four years to organize and plan events for the membership. "The Membership Services Officer role appealed to me because of my interest in meeting new people and sharing new and similar interests. As well, my enjoyment for planning and organizing events and being involved in the community,"said Natalie when asked about her new role.

Natalie works in the Faculty of Law, Career Office where she plans, organizes, and coordinates events. Her experience of being involved in a number of community events from fundraising for Western Heads East, United Way Stair Climb Team Captain, United Way Sponsored Employee, and Dinners at the Ronald McDonald House will be assets to her new role. Away from Western, Natalie enjoys recreational activities including rock climbing, volleyball and other sports as well as dabbling with new recipes in the kitchen.

Natalie is looking forward to meeting fellow UWOSA members and exploring new and different interests for our membership. If you have an idea to share, or want to join the Membership, Newsletter, and Social Committee, please contact Natalie.

Columbia Employee Store: UWOSA Invitation June 5 - 25, 2017

The Columbia Employee store invitation for UWOSA has arrived, just in time for summer: June 5 - 25, 2017

To gain access to the store, please bring ALL of the following:

1) A printed copy of the summer UWOSA invitation found in the Member Area under Member Discounts and Volunteer Opportunities, entitled Columbia Store June Invitation

2) Show your UWOSA card or Western 1 card

3) A piece of personal photo ID

• This invite is non-transferable but you are welcome to bring your family and friends with you (up to 4 guests per person).
• You are welcome to visit us multiple times during your invite period.

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

HOURS:
Holiday Store Hours from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31
- Mon-Tues: 10am – 7pm
- Wed-Fri: 10am – 8pm
- Sat: 10am – 6pm
- Sun: 11am - 5pm

Negotiation Update - May 27, 2017

Dear UWOSA Members,

As you are aware, our current Collective Agreement expires on June 30th, 2017. On May 25th, our Negotiating team met with the University’s team to begin the bargaining process for our new Collective Agreement.

We will post important updates on the collective bargaining process in the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website as our negotiations continue. You must be logged in to access the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website. If you do not have your login information, please email info@uwosa.ca.

Please be aware that during the collective bargaining process that the UWOSA office may be closed and there may be a delay in responding to your email and voice mail messages. Your patience during our negotiations is appreciated.

In Solidarity,

John Critchley
President

Negotiation Update

Dear UWOSA Members,

As you are aware, our current Collective Agreement expires on June 30th, 2017. On May 25th, our Negotiating team met with the University’s team to begin the bargaining process for our new Collective Agreement.

We will post important updates on the collective bargaining process in the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website as our negotiations continue. You must be logged in to access the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website. If you do not have your login information, please email info@uwosa.ca.

Please be aware that during the collective bargaining process that the UWOSA office may be closed and there may be a delay in responding to your email and voice mail messages. Your patience during our negotiations is appreciated.

In Solidarity,

John Critchley
President

Call for Members


Call for Members: Strike Preparedness Committee (SPC)

The Strike Preparedness Committee (SPC) is responsible for overall coordination of strike planning and implementation, including the set-up of strike headquarters, and all materials for the picket lines such as signs, cell phones, and refreshments. The SPC develops a communications strategy and coordinates communication including handouts for the picket-line, strike newsletters and bulletins, including the website and social media pages. The SPC identifies the locations of the picket lines, organizes the schedules for pickets, arranges strike captain and picketer training, monitors the picket lines and provides daily reports to the Chair of the Strike Preparedness Committee.

If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Strike Preparedness Committee, Lori Johnson at lorij@uwosa.ca.

After you have emailed Lori Johnson, Chair, please please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment

and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.


Vacancy, Executive Committee: Membership Services Officer (MSO)

The Membership Services Officer shall attend all meetings of the Council and of the Executive Committee (see Article 7: Union Representation) and all Membership, Newsletter and Social (MNS) Committee meetings. The MSO is responsible for chairing the majority of MNS Committee meetings, planning, coordinating and distributing the social and volunteer opportunities for the Association. The MSO serves as the Co-Editor of the Association’s newsletter, bulletins, and member updates for distribution through electronic bulletins, website, and social media. Other duties as assigned by the President may include welcome presentations to new members to the Association.

Applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm (UCC 373) to provide a brief (3 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the new Membership Services Officer. If you have any questions regarding the role, wish to review the position description or the appointment process, please email, Meg Perinpanayagam at info@uwosa.ca.

If you are interested in becoming our Membership Services Officer, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment

and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC by

Monday, May 15, 2017.


Vacancy: Steward Council: Area Stewards

The purpose of a UWOSA Steward is to represent the members in the area that they serve. This can be the area at the University where the Steward works or anywhere on campus if the position is filled in the member’s direct area.

General responsibilities are to attend bi-monthly Steward Council meetings (see Article 7: Union Representation), bring concerns of members to the attention of Executive Officers, to explain articles within the collective agreement to members, be available, where appropriate to accompany any member who requests union representation (except Article 11, 13 and Article 24 meetings), and to establish a higher profile for UWOSA in departments and units on all campuses of Western University.

We are asking members to consider joining the Stewards Council to represent the following areas for the second year of a two-year electoral term (May 2017 to April 30, 2018):

* ACVS/Robarts
* Medicine – Basic Clinical
* Medicine – Basic Sciences
* VP External, VP Research
* Libraries (alternate)
* Science (alternate)

If you are interested in becoming one of our Stewards, please email Nikki Grozelle, Chief Steward at info@uwosa.ca by Monday, May 15, 2017.


Call for Standing Committee Members:

Constitution and Bylaws:
The Constitution & Bylaws Committee reviews, and recommends changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. It accepts suggestions from Stewards Council, Association Members, and the Executive Committee for consideration. Recommendations are submitted in writing to Stewards Council and if approved, are put forth to the membership for discussion and vote.
If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment

and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.

Finance:
The Finance Committee develops short-term and long-term budgetary plans for the union, reviews monthly profit and loss statements, and recommends operating funds to be approved by Executive Committee, Stewards Council and the Membership at the end of each fiscal year (May 1 - April 30). The Finance Committee also meets with the union's financial advisors on investment portfolios and establishes procedures for payment distribution in the event of a strike.
If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment

and please send to James Taron at 255 UCC.

Membership, Newsletter, and Social:
The Membership Newsletter & Social Committee is responsible for planning annual events, assist with training and development events (i.e., retreat), assist with community support projects (i.e., hamper program for the Salvation Army) and volunteer opportunities (Ronald McDonald House). In additions the MNS Committee writes articles for the Association's newsletter and finds promotions and discounts from London and surrounding venues to offer to our members (i.e., Columbia Store and Union Savings). If interested in joining this committee, please fill out a Committee Appointment Request form Application for UWOSA Committee Appointment

and send it to Meg Perinpanayagam at 255 UCC.

Nominations to our Standing Committees are on-going. If you have any questions, please email the Executive Committee at info@uwosa.ca.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

In Solidarity,
~ John Critchley, President