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A Message from our UWOSA President

University of Western Ontario Staff Association -

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

This Earth Day CAUT is marching for science


To celebrate Earth Day, the Canadian Association of University Teachers urges you to join millions around the globe and participate in the March for Science. 

The March for Science is a celebration of science. We get together as a diverse nonpartisan group fighting for robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We call for political leaders and policy makers to develop evidence-based policies in the public interest.

Earth Day is also an occasion to reflect on climate change and the implications and challenges of tackling the problem. Academic staff has a special responsibility and a unique opportunity to be part of the solution. There are practical, concrete actions that you and your staff associations can take to reduce the threat.

Across Canada and the globe, staff associations and researchers are building expertise. On campus, action against climate change is focusing on three main fronts:

  • Reducing the carbon footprint of campuses
  • Teaching and Research
  • Political Advocacy

Canadians view academic staff with extraordinary legitimacy. This credibility lends you both power and the responsibility to forcefully present the case for confronting climate change.

This Earth Day, walk the walk, or talk the talk, but let’s do something.

There are many satellite marches planned in Canada. Register now  to march in Washington, or across Canada, or register to join any march virtually by digital live-stream.


All Out To Stop The Cuts!

SEIU West -

The SEIU-West Political Action and Awareness Committee supports the Protest at the Premier’s Fundraiser on Thursday, April 27 from 5-7pm at Prairieland Park. We invite you to join this important action!

Win of the Week! April 16-22

SEIU West -

Workers at West Park Crossing, a retirement home managed by Esprit Lifestyle Community (a division of Extendicare Inc.), voted by a margin 80% to form a union with SEIU-West and demand respect and better working conditions.

Celebrate Earth Day & Stand Up For Our Planet!

SEIU West -

Health care, education, our environment and science go hand-in-hand, so it's important we protect and promote the wellbeing of our planet Earth in our day-to-day life and government decisions! So in recognition of Earth Day, we invite SEIU-West members, friends and families to join in the March for Science Saskatoon on Earth Day - April 22and the Peoples’ Climate March on April 29 in Regina! Find out more..