University of Western Ontario Staff Association

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

Update from our UWOSA President

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

A Message from our UWOSA President

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 info@uwosa.ca if you are prevented from attending.

Thank you.

John Critchley
UWOSA President

Announcement: Annual General Meeting

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%

UWOSA 2017 Seniority List Available

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

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 info@uwosa.ca.

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

You Are Invited to the Columbia Employee Store for Shopping

When: March 27 - April 16, 2017

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

When:
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, www.uwosa.ca under "Membership, Discounts and Volunteer Opportunities".

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

UWOSA Members: Union Savings Contest

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 www.unionsavings.ca 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 www.winwithunionsavings.ca for more information.