President’s update: February 2024

President's update

It is officially February and I’d like to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month—please check out the events happening on campus and in the community.

President’s update: November 2023

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It’s the start of a new year for the Staff Association, with our directors and presidents turning over at the end of October. I want to extend a warm thank you to outgoing president Agata Jagielska for her work and welcome Lisa Habel as our new president-elect. At the board level we welcome Tracelyn as vice chair, as well as two new directors: Gitanjali Shanbhag and Alana Guevara. And finally, yours truly, the new president for this next year!

Salary updates

President’s update: October 2023

President's update October 2023

This is my last report as UWSA president; Yessenia Guerrero will be stepping into the role November 1! I want to thank all the area representatives and staff who have been attending our monthly meetings, and bringing information back to your departments. 

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How well do you know the UWSA?

The banner image for the UWSA trivia contest with "update" stamped over top.

So far, 354 people have taken our UWSA quiz and the results have been very interesting. We thought we’d share some of the facts that UWSA members collectively knew best—and didn’t know.

But first: Congratulations to Jennifer Murray and Sarah Landy on winning the prize draw. We hope you enjoy your Canada’s Wonderland visit and gift card!

President’s update: July 2023

Here’s what UWSA staff and representatives are working on this month, including campus safety, progress on the Bill 124 salary settlement adjustment, ways to get involved with the UWSA, and recently funded programs for staff.

President’s update: June 2023

Here’s what UWSA staff and representatives are working on this month, what’s happening with the board of directors, and more:

Q&A: Staff salary structure and increases

The guest presentation at our May Area Reps meeting was from HR’s Chantal Moore who gave a presentation about annual salary increases. You can download the presentation slides from the HR website (PDF). The conversation broadened into questions about how the salary structure works in general and we’ve followed up on a few questions since the meeting. We hope this information helps!

President’s update: May 2023

Here's what president Agata Jagielska shared at the May 11 Area Reps meeting about renegotiating salaries post-Bill 124, policy development, changes at the Board of Directors, fitness programs for staff, and more.

Michael Herz has passed away

It is with broken hearts that we let you know that a long-standing member of the UWSA executive and the Board of Directors Michael Herz has passed away on January 14, 2023; he was 59 years old. The news is devastating to his family, friends and colleagues, and also to the Staff Association as a whole.

A look back at 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past year.

What has our team been up to?!

The UWSA operations team and board of directors started the year strong with a strategic visioning exercise and governance training. We’ve been meeting with our governance expert throughout the year to discuss what the UWSA will look like in the coming years and have been planning for a successful future.

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