University of Western Ontario Staff Association

Items for Auction: Printer and Bookshelves

The following items are being offered for auction:

A Hewlett Packard Laserjet 4050N comes with power cord and internet cable.

Wooden 5-shelf bookcase (originally purchased from Weldon Library) There are 3 in total.

If you are interested in bidding on this item, please complete the bid form and mail it in a sealed envelope to the UWOSA Office by November 10, 2017. Only UWOSA members can submit bids.

If you would like to see the items in person, please visit the office at UCC 255.

Auction Guidelines

Bidding will remain open until November 10, 2017.

Please submit all bids attn: Olga Sauer, UWOSA office, UCC 255.

Upon receipt, sealed bids will be placed in a secure box in the UWOSA office. The items will be offered for purchase to the highest bidders.

If one or more members submit identical bids, the item will be offered for purchase to the member with the most seniority.

If no bids are received within 30 calendar days, the item will be donated to a registered charity or community organization identified by the Executive.

Payment must be made by cash, or a cheque payable to the UWO Staff Association. A receipt will be provided to the purchaser to record receipt of payment.

All monies received from the disposal of UWOSA’s assets will be deposited in the strike fund.

UWOSA Temporary Back-fill: Vice President

Members,

At present time, John Critchley our President is on an extended medical leave, and Meg Perinpanayagam will assume the role of President until the end of this term, thus vacating her position of Vice President.

Thus, UWOSA is currently looking to temporarily backfill the Executive Officer position of Vice President in accordance with our Constitution and Bylaws, Article 7.0 Officers of the Association, subset 11(b) must be enacted for the betterment of the union. Article 7.11(b) reads:

Where an Officer's role has no provision for succession, and where it becomes known that an Officer shall be on leave from the workplace beyond one (1) calendar month, the UWOSA Stewards Council may declare the officer on a leave from their UWOSA role and temporarily fill the vacancy in accordance with Constitution Article 5. The temporary assignment will end upon the return of the elected Officer and/or the start of a new electoral year, whichever is sooner. However, the elected Officer's title shall reside with the individual temporarily assigned to the role and such person shall act with the full authority prescribed in this article.

The Vice President position is open to all members of UWOSA in good standing. Responsibilities of the Vice President are outlined in our Constitution and Bylaws, section 7.0, Officers of the Association.

If you would like to apply for the role, please email a brief bio (maximum of 200 words) to info@uwosa.ca by November 3, 2017 to be submitted to Stewards Council.

All applicants will be expected to attend the Stewards Council meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Noon, room 369 UCC, to provide a brief (5 minute) presentation to Council. After all presentations, a vote will be held to determine the temporary Vice President.

Please note that this is a full time release position, and will be treated as a secondment

If you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of the role, please contact Olga Sauer at info@uwosa.ca.

Sign Up for Job Evaluation Information Sessions

Dear Fellow UWOSA Members,

As the July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021 Collective Agreement has been ratified by the Board of Governors, and as stated during our Ratification Vote meeting in August, Western Human Resources will be holding education sessions on the Job Evaluation System (JES2013) Implementation.

Sessions will be held as follows:
October 25, 2017 – 9am to 11am – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)
November 1, 2017 – 1pm to 3pm – McKellar Theatre (UCC 290)

To Register
• Log on to My Human Resources at https://myhr.uwo.ca
• Select "Manage Training Registration"
• Select "Enroll in Internal Training Courses"
• Select "Search by Course Name" and type in "UWOSA Job Eval"
• Select "View Available Sessions"
• Choose your preferred session
• "Submit" and "Save" your registration

Please note: You do not have to take vacation time to attend these sessions. If your supervisor is not allowing you to attend, please email us at info@uwosa.ca.

If your PDQ was submitted between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2017: Western Human Resources will communicate the results of your PDQ evaluation in writing by January 1, 2018. If you agree with the evaluation, then, if applicable, retroactive compensation will be paid out to you. If you do not agree with the evaluation, then you maintain the right to appeal (as per Article 44: Job Evaluation).

If your PDQ was submitted after June 30, 2017 or is still outstanding:
As per Appendix L of our new collective agreement, Western Human Resources has committed to contact departments where PDQs were not submitted, to ensure they are completed by November 30, 2017. Western Human Resources will provide your supervisor the resources and training to complete your PDQ. If your supervisor asks you to fill out the PDQ, or does not allow you to review the PDQ prior to its submission to Human Resources, please email info@uwosa.ca right away.

Finally, Western has created a website for the UWOSA job evaluation which provides further information as we all move through this process.

If you have any questions, please contact info@uwosa.ca

Regards,

UWOSA Executive Committee

Update from UWOSA

September 28, 2017

Fellow UWOSA Member:

This is to notify you that the Board of Governors ratified the UWOSA Collective Agreement on September 26, 2017 and we were notified by Human Resources late yesterday afternoon.

Information sessions regarding job evaluation, appeal process, and retroactivity sessions will be presented by Human Resources in mid to late October 2017. Please watch your email for an invitation, and please plan to attend.

Specific information regarding the information sessions will also be posted to the UWOSA website.

Thank you as always for your support.

In Solidarity,

Meg Perinpanayagam
Acting President

Update from UWOSA

September 28, 2017

Fellow UWOSA Member:

This is to notify you that the Board of Governors ratified the UWOSA Collective Agreement on September 26, 2017 and we were notified by Human Resources late yesterday afternoon.

Information sessions regarding job evaluation, appeal process, and retroactivity sessions will be presented by Human Resources in mid to late October 2017. Please watch your email for an invitation, and please plan to attend.

Specific information regarding the information sessions will also be posted to the UWOSA website.

Thank you as always for your support.

In Solidarity,

Meg Perinpanayagam
Acting President

Mental Health First Aid Trainings

Mental Health First Aid Canada trainingis being offered at no cost to employees.

The next scheduled course is this October. It is scheduled over four mornings: October 17, 19, 23 & 25, from 8:45am-12:00pm each day. (Attendance at all dates required).

At Western, mental health issues affect our staff, faculty, students and their friends and families. In fact, one in four Canadian workers will experience a mental health issue within the next 12 months, and 500,000 are absent from work on any given day due to a mental health problem.

Participants in the course will learn how to help someone showing signs of a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. To date over 900 Western leaders, faculty and staff have completed the Mental Health First Aid certification program.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cara Carson, Learning & Development, Western, at ccarso6@uwo.ca.

Columbia Employee Store Invitation

Fellow UWOSA Members,
Please go to the Member Area if you are interested in shopping at the Columbia Employee Store beginning September 15th. We apologize for the delayed notice. The invitation will end October 8th.

There will be a second opportunity to shop before the December holidays.

~ Membership, Newsletter and Social Committee

UWOSA Ratifies Collective Agreement

Fellow UWOSA Members,

We have ratified a new collective agreement by a vote of 93.14%. (The breakdown was 367 yes, 27 no, 1 abstention).

A tentative agreement was reached between UWOSA and Western University the afternoon of August 4, 2017. We had been without a contract since June 30, 2017.

On behalf of the negotiations team, we once again, thank the membership for their overwhelming support during negotiations and towards the ratification of this agreement. We also thank our brothers and sisters in other unions on campus for their support.

Details of the Collective Agreement will be released once Western's Board of Governors approves it.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, James Taron, Karen McDonald, and Evan Wiley (Negotiations Team)

Results of UWOSA Ratification Vote

Fellow UWOSA Members,

We have ratified a new collective agreement by a vote of 93.14%. (The breakdown was 367 yes, 27 no, 1 abstention).

A tentative agreement was reached between UWOSA and Western University the afternoon of August 4, 2017. We had been without a contract since June 30, 2017.

On behalf of the negotiations team, we once again, thank the membership for their overwhelming support during negotiations and towards the ratification of this agreement. We also thank our brothers and sisters in other unions on campus for their support.

Details of the Collective Agreement will be released once Western's Board of Governors approves it.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, James Taron, Karen McDonald, and Evan Wiley (Negotiations Team)

Results of UWOSA Ratification Vote

Fellow UWOSA Members,

We have ratified a new collective agreement by a vote of 93.14%. (The breakdown was 367 yes, 27 no, 1 abstention).

A tentative agreement was reached between UWOSA and Western University the afternoon of August 4, 2017. We had been without a contract since June 30, 2017.

On behalf of the negotiations team, we once again, thank the membership for their overwhelming support during negotiations and towards the ratification of this agreement. We also thank our brothers and sisters in other unions on campus for their support.

Details of the Collective Agreement will be released once Western's Board of Governors approves it.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, James Taron, Karen McDonald, and Evan Wiley (Negotiations Team)

Member Update: Information for Ratification Vote

Fellow UWOSA Members,

Please sign into the UWOSA website: www.uwosa.ca for important information regarding yesterday's Information for Ratification Presentation found in the Member Area Section.

In Solidarity,
Meg Perinpanayagam, Nikki Grozelle, James Taron, Karen McDonald, and Evan Wiley (Negotiations Team)

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