University of Western Ontario Staff Association

REMINDER -UWOSA Annual Winter Luncheon - February 13, 2019

REMINDER Join UWOSA for our Annual Winter Luncheon

You are invited:  Annual UWOSA Winter Luncheon (formerly known as Valentine's Day Lunch)

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time:  Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                                                

Location: Great Hall, Somerville House

How to Pick up Your Ticket:

Please pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC room 255 from:

Noon – 2:00 p.m. on Friday February 8, 2019  OR

Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019

Please bring your Western ONECard with you.

If you are unable to pick up your ticket, please email your Area Steward for assistance.

Dietary Requirements:  If you have any special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc.), please email great.hall.catering@uwo.ca by February 8th with the subject “UWOSA Lunch” and which seating you plan to attend (Noon to 1 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.).

Winter Luncheon Menu:

Salad:              Market greens with two types of dressing; rolls and butter

Entrée:            Lasagna (beef or vegetarian)

Dessert:           White & Chocolate Cupcakes with Blue or White Icing Topped with Sprinkles

Drinks:            Fire Roasted Fair Trade Coffee (regular and decaf), tea, fruit punch

UWOSA Charity:  UWOSA will collect items and monetary donations for Ronald McDonald House (https://www.rmhc-swo.ca/). Some wish list items include:

  • Breakfast Items: Full Sized Cereal Boxes, Jam, Peanut Butter, Cheese Whiz, Coffee Sweetener 
  • Packaged Snacks: Granola Bars, Fruit Cups, Applesauce, Go-Go Squeeze, Microwave Popcorn 
  • Kitchen Staples: Parchment Paper, Tin Foil, Saran Wrap, Scouring Pads, Liquid Dish Soap, Ziploc Bags (Medium and Large)
  • Baking Supplies: Sugar, Parchment Paper, Maple Syrup, White Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Rolled Oats
  • Bottled Water and Hot Chocolate (Individual Portions/Packs)
  • Packaged Meal Items: KD Cups, Mr. Noodle Soup Bowls, Cup-of-Soup, Tuna
  • Lip Balm
  • Pens & Smaller Sized Notebooks
  • Adult Colouring/Sudoku/Crossword Activity Books
  • Toys for 1-3-year-olds
  • Toys for 12-16-year-olds

Members are welcome to bring their donations with then when they come to pick-up their ticket, or they can bring it to the luncheon, or drop it off at the UWOSA Office in UCC 255.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UWOSA Annual Luncheon FAQs:

1.       Q: I took a ticket for lunch, but now I cannot go. What do I do with my ticket?

A:  Please contact Jen Heidenheim at jenh@uwosa.ca and then return your ticket to the UWOSA office, Room 255 UCC.

2.       Q:  I work at Victoria Hospital. How can I pick up my ticket?

A:  Please contact Mia Valastro in the UWOSA office at 519.661.3028 for further instructions.

3.       Q:  I am not a Steward.  Can I still pick up tickets for my department?

A:  Yes, you can. Please bring a list of members in alphabetical order (by last name) to one of the Ticket Distribution dates above.

4.       Q: I have a special dietary requirement. Can I send this to UWOSA?

A:  Please send all dietary requirements directly to Great Hall Catering by February 8, 2019.

5.       Q:  I am very new to UWOSA.  Can I still come to the luncheon?

A: Yes, you can. Please contact Mia at the UWOSA office at ext.85089 for assistance.

6.       Q:  I am on a paid leave. May I still come to the luncheon?

A:  Yes, you can. Please contact Mia in the UWOSA office at ext. 85089 for assistance.

7.       Q:  I will not be on campus during the ticket distribution.  What do I do?

A:  Contact Mia in the UWOSA office at ext. 85089 for assistance.

8.       Q:  I have retired from Western. Can I come to the luncheon?

A:  No, I am sorry, you cannot. The luncheon is only for active UWOSA members.

9.       Q: I am on secondment from UWOSA, can I attend the lunch?

A: It depends, please call Mia Valastro in the UWOSA Office at 519.661.3028 for assistance.

 

Annual Winter Luncheon: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Join UWOSA for our Annual Winter Luncheon

You are invited:  Annual UWOSA Winter Luncheon (formerly known as Valentine's Day Lunch)

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time:  Noon to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                                                

Location: Great Hall, Somerville House

How to Pick up Your Ticket:

Please pick up your ticket in the UWOSA office, UCC room 255 from:

Noon – 2:00 p.m. on Friday February 8, 2019  OR

Noon to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019

Please bring your Western ONECard with you.

If you are unable to pick up your ticket, please email your Area Steward for assistance.

Dietary Requirements:  If you have any special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, allergies, etc.), please email great.hall.catering@uwo.ca by February 8th with the subject “UWOSA Lunch” and which seating you plan to attend (Noon to 1 p.m. or 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.).

Winter Luncheon Menu:

Salad:              Market greens with two types of dressing; rolls and butter

Entrée:            Lasagna (beef or vegetarian)

Dessert:           White & Chocolate Cupcakes with Blue or White Icing Topped with Sprinkles

Drinks:            Fire Roasted Fair Trade Coffee (regular and decaf), tea, fruit punch

UWOSA Charity:  UWOSA will collect items and monetary donations for Ronald McDonald House (https://www.rmhc-swo.ca/). Some wish list items include:

  • Breakfast Items: Full Sized Cereal Boxes, Jam, Peanut Butter, Cheese Whiz, Coffee Sweetener 
  • Packaged Snacks: Granola Bars, Fruit Cups, Applesauce, Go-Go Squeeze, Microwave Popcorn 
  • Kitchen Staples: Parchment Paper, Tin Foil, Saran Wrap, Scouring Pads, Liquid Dish Soap, Ziploc Bags (Medium and Large)
  • Baking Supplies: Sugar, Parchment Paper, Maple Syrup, White Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Rolled Oats
  • Bottled Water and Hot Chocolate (Individual Portions/Packs)
  • Packaged Meal Items: KD Cups, Mr. Noodle Soup Bowls, Cup-of-Soup, Tuna
  • Lip Balm
  • Pens & Smaller Sized Notebooks
  • Adult Colouring/Sudoku/Crossword Activity Books
  • Toys for 1-3-year-olds
  • Toys for 12-16-year-olds

Members are welcome to bring their donations with then when they come to pick-up their ticket, or they can bring it to the luncheon, or drop it off at the UWOSA Office in UCC 255.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UWOSA Annual Luncheon FAQs:

1.       Q: I took a ticket for lunch, but now I cannot go. What do I do with my ticket?

A:  Please contact Jen Heidenheim at jenh@uwosa.ca and then return your ticket to the UWOSA office, Room 255 UCC.

2.       Q:  I work at Victoria Hospital. How can I pick up my ticket?

A:  Please contact Mia Valastro in the UWOSA office at 519.661.3028 for further instructions.

3.       Q:  I am not a Steward.  Can I still pick up tickets for my department?

A:  Yes, you can. Please bring a list of members in alphabetical order (by last name) to one of the Ticket Distribution dates above.

4.       Q: I have a special dietary requirement. Can I send this to UWOSA?

A:  Please send all dietary requirements directly to Great Hall Catering by February 8, 2019.

5.       Q:  I am very new to UWOSA.  Can I still come to the luncheon?

A: Yes, you can. Please contact Mia at the UWOSA office at ext.85089 for assistance.

6.       Q:  I am on a paid leave. May I still come to the luncheon?

A:  Yes, you can. Please contact Mia in the UWOSA office at ext. 85089 for assistance.

7.       Q:  I will not be on campus during the ticket distribution.  What do I do?

A:  Contact Mia in the UWOSA office at ext. 85089 for assistance.

8.       Q:  I have retired from Western. Can I come to the luncheon?

A:  No, I am sorry, you cannot. The luncheon is only for active UWOSA members.

9.       Q: I am on secondment from UWOSA, can I attend the lunch?

A: It depends, please call Mia Valastro in the UWOSA Office at 519.661.3028 for assistance.

 

Message from our MNS Committee: Receive 10% off of a Hybrid Fitness membership

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

Hybrid Fitness (http://hybridfitness.ca/) is offering a 10% discount on monthly membership fees to UWOSA members. To register for the discount, bring your UWOSA membership card with you to Hybrid Fitness. Please note that this discount cannot be applied retroactively, and is only for UWOSA members (not family members of a UWOSA member).

If you are new to UWOSA or have misplaced your UWOSA union card, please contact me beginning January 7, 2019 at jenh@uwosa.ca to request one. Please allow one to three days to receive the card.

A message from Hybrid Fitness:
At Hybrid Fitness our mission is to give you everything you need to succeed along your health and fitness journey. Our group fitness approach means you have access to over 100 fully-coached group fitness classes per week. Classes include strength, conditioning, yoga, HIIT, CrossFit and more. We also offer nutritional support and personal training services.

On January 2nd we are moving into our brand new facility located at the south east corner of Oxford Rd. and Wonderland Rd. It's 5,000 square feet larger than our current facility with two professional studios, a fantastic members lounge and unlimited parking! We are also offering two NEW classes, Spin and Kickboxing! Come by and try us out before the end of the year to ensure you beat the New Year rush!

Happy exercising!

Jen Heidenheim
UWOSA Membership Services Officer
jenh@uwosa.ca (519) 661-2111 ext. 88068

Bulletin from UWOSA

Bulletin from UWOSA

REMINDER - General Meeting December 11, 2018

Do you wonder where your union dues go? Would you like to meet your union executive and stewards? Would you like to learn more about how your union protects your interests and about the work they do every day on your behalf? Then come to the UWOSA General Meeting on Tuesday, December 11 from 12 - 2 pm in Middlesex College room 110! There will be reports from the Executive Officers and committees and opportunities for you to ask questions. As per article 7.07 of the collective agreement, you are entitled to time away (including your lunch break) to attend this meeting:

7.07

All employees will be entitled to two (2) hours without loss of pay or reduction in benefits, up to twice per calendar year, to attend UWOSA’s general membership meetings.  These two

(2)  hours include the employee’s  regularly scheduled meal period. For employees who work off the main Western campus as defined by this Agreement, this period shall be extended to allow for reasonable travel time not to exceed one (1) hour in total.

UWOSA is collecting donations of non-perishable items and cash for the London Food Bank. You can bring food or donations with you to the General Meeting or you can drop- off food donations to the UWOSA office (UCC, Room 255) by December 13, 2018  Invitations

Columbia Sportswear Employee Store Invitation UWOSA members (and up to four guests) have been invited to shop at the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store from December 7 - 31, 2018. Please visit the Members Area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca) for more information and to download the invitation flyer.

Great Wolf Lodge Discount February 18 & 19, 2019 UWOSA members receive more than $100 off the regular room rate for a standard family suite at Great Wolf Lodge on February 18 and 19, 2019.

What a great way to celebrate Family Day! Booking deadline is January 18, 2019. Please visit the Members Area of the UWOSA website (www.uwosa.ca) for more information.

Announcements: General Meeting and Fall Newsletter

UWOSA December General Meeting

The General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. in Room 110 Middlesex College.

Please bring your Western ID card to gain admittance to the meeting.

Per our Collective Agreement, Article 7.07 (Union Representation), you are entitled to 2 hours without loss of pay or reduction of benefits, to attend this general membership meeting. These 2 hours include your regularly scheduled meal period. 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: Annual General Meeting held April 25, 2018 (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

The Fall 2018 UWOSA Newsletter is now available

Please log into the “Member Area” of the UWOSA website under the menu “News”. If you require an alternate format, please email the UWOSA office at www.uwosa.ca.

Update: UWOFA Reaches Tentative Agreement
UWOSA was happy to learn that UWOFA reached a tentative agreement on November 9, 2018 after 25 bargaining sessions. UWOFA had been without a contract since June 30, 2018.

Message from UWOSA President

Dear Fellow UWOSA Member,

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) will be in a legal strike position on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:01 a.m. This does not mean that UWOFA will take strike action. We understand from UWOFA that negotiations continue and some but not all progress is being made to resolve the outstanding issues at the bargaining table.

What is a strike? Strikes are often a last resort; if progress is not being made during negotiations. Strikes are an important tool and a recognized right for unions.

What is a lockout? A lockout occurs when, during negotiations, the Employer refuses to allow its employees to work in order to force a settlement. In this instance, Western Administration may refuse to allow striking faculty members on to Western's campus, park in Western parking lots, or have access to their Western emails.


What This Means for UWOSA Members:

Reporting to Work: In our Collective Agreement, Article 5: Strike or Lockout, specifically Article 5.05 states, "Where individuals in a labor dispute, other than those in the bargaining unit, engage in a strike and maintain picket lines, and where employees of the bargaining unit could suffer personal harm, the employer will endeavour to safeguard such employees.”

This means that UWOSA members are required to report to work, even if this means crossing a picket line. It will be the University's responsibility to ensure that employees are safe when crossing the picket line.

How do I know if UWOFA has chosen to strike? You can either check the UWOFA Website or you can check the Western University Negotiations website.

In the event UWOFA chooses to strike or the University's Administration chooses to lock UWOFA members out, please allow yourself extra time to get to campus on Friday, November 9th.

Please note that city buses will not enter campus during a strike or lockout. LTC will reroute so as not to cross picket lines, and may instead stop on Richmond Street/ Western Road instead.

If you are driving a vehicle, please be respectful to those picketing at the crosswalks and at the corners of the entrances to Western University.

When passing by or crossing picket lines, please be respectful and courteous to UWOFA members. Please avoid arguments or confrontations of why you are crossing, you may simply state that in the UWOSA collective agreement, you are required to report to work.

If classes are cancelled, laboratories or clinics are closed, you are still required to report to work. If you are told by a supervisor to go home after reporting to work, please contact the UWOSA office at info@uwosa.ca.

How Can UWOSA Support UWOFA

:

Walk the Picket Line: If you have time during your ten minute break or lunch break, before work or after work, consider joining the picket line, walking and talking with UWOFA members to better understand the issues they are facing at the bargaining table.

Letter Campaign: Email a pre-prepared letter by UWOFA to the University’s Administration in support of UWOFA

Decline Performing UWOFA Work: As per Article 5.04, “Employees have the right to decline to perform the normal duties of striking or locked out employees of the Employer during a legal strike by another bargaining unit of employees of the employer or during any lock out of another bargaining unit by the employer.”

Examples of faculty work that UWOSA members have the right to decline (only if you have never done this work in the past when a faculty member was absent):

• Care of lab animals,
• Care of live cultures or other organisms,
• Experiments that are at a critical juncture and could result in data loss
• Proctoring exams


UWOSA stands with UWOFA until their negotiations are complete and their collective agreement is achieved.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact me one of our Executive Officers at info@uwosa.ca.

In Solidarity,

Meg Perinpanayagam
UWOSA President