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Annual Winter Luncheon: Wednesday, February 13, 2019

University of Western Ontario Staff Association -

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.


Canada’s personal debt crisis growing


“The growing number of Canadians struggling with debt is a result of the increase in income inequality. To tackle problems like the personal debt crisis we need to be taking action to reduce income inequality.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

UFCW activists attend Women’s Marches across Canada

UFCW Canada -

Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal – January 25, 2019 – Activists from UFCW Canada Locals 401 and 1006A and TUAC Quebec recently joined hundreds of community members, allies, and women’s rights advocates at Women’s Marches in Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal to raise awareness of the ongoing need for gender equity.

MAHCP’s Open House tour to start in Brandon, more dates coming

Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals -

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is kicking off its ‘One Strong Voice’ Open House Tour in Brandon on Jan. 31, 2019.

The meeting in Brandon – as will be the case for all meetings scheduled for this tour – is open to all Provincial health care employees in Professional/Technical/Paramedical who would like to learn more about MAHCP.

This first Open House in Brandon takes place 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Clarion Hotel, located at 3130 Victoria Ave.

In attendance will be MAHCP President Bob Moroz, Executive Director Lee Manning, Executive Liaison Tim Smith, and Labour Relations Officers Chelsea Kaufmann and Garrett Finck.

There are plans to visit more communities all over Manitoba in the coming weeks. More dates will be announced on our www.mahcp.ca website.

A light meal and refreshments will be available, as well as MAHCP materials and gear.

Those needing transportation to this meeting can call 204-250-2435 to arrange it.

Please e-mail info@mahcp.ca if you have any questions about the tour, or if you and your colleagues would like to request a meeting in your community.

Thanks everyone!


NUPGE mourns the passing of Dave Peters


“Dave was not just known in Nova Scotia, but through his work in the labour movement, he had an impact across Canada, especially through his work on the NUPGE National Executive Board.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.

Casino Rama workers reach new tentative agreement

Unifor -

Unifor Local 1090 signed a tentative agreement with Casino Rama just before midnight on January 23, avoiding a strike.

“Unifor members are pivotal to the success of Casino Rama,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Casino Rama workers have made terrific gains in the short time since they united to form a union.”

The bargaining committee prioritized compensation to get more in line with other casinos in Ontario. Members had also identified scheduling for a reasonable work-life balance as an area for improvement in the next contract.

More details will be published when Local 1090 members ratify the contract.

Nearly 1,500 workers at Rama including dealers, cashiers, slot workers, food and beverage staff, environmental services, finance, hotel, valet, entertainment and other staff, voted to join Unifor in 2015 and achieved their first collective agreement in 2016.

They join more than 19,000 hospitality and gaming workers, including more than 9,000 at casinos. Unifor represents workers at Caesars Windsor, Great Blue Heron Gaming, and other gaming sites across Canada.