Michael R. Clark was one of eight members to be awarded a Staff Enhancement Grant this past December. He used the funds to pursue a personal goal of bringing Indigenous programming to the Grand River Film Festival this Spring, and kindly let us share his report.
Did you know our compassionate care and bereavement leaves have been improved effective May 1, 2022? Your UWSA helped secure these enhanced benefits as part of the current staff compensation agreement through its work on the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation (PACSC).
UWSA hosted a virtual Staff Conference Drop-In Session again this year, as part of this year’s Waterloo Staff Conference. Directors and staff were available to answer questions on a wide range of topics including a plan to host regular President drop-in sessions, supporting a wellness spending account rather than the traditional account for benefit allotments, the review status on staff salary anomalies, and the benefits of being a member of the UWSA. Thank you to just over 80 people who took the time to attend!
As the official voice of University support staff, the UWSA has surveyed its members annually throughout the pandemic. These survey results are used to identify top areas of staff concern so we can direct our support where it is most needed. They also allow us to knowledgably present staff concerns to senior administrators of the University of Waterloo.
The UWSA exists to represent staff interests, so when you respond to our surveys, you’re making sure your voice is included in decisions impacting staff; thank you.
It is with great sadness that I let you know that Michael Herz has resigned from the UWSA Board and his committee engagements as of January 31, 2022 citing personal matters. Mike has been a constant presence in our Association for a decade and his roles included: President Elect, President, Past President, Board member and Secretary, member of the Staff Relations Committee, the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Staff Compensation, UW Pension and Benefits Committee, the Policy 33 Review and Development Committee, UWSA Member Advisory Committee to mention but a few.
It’s that time of year again. By now, you should have received two emails containing statements of your University of Waterloo Staff Association Membership Fees paid in the 2021 calendar year. The first email placed your statement in the body of the message and the second one attached the statement as a PDF.
It is our understanding that these fees are eligible for tax purposes.
Can’t locate the emails? Search your inbox for the subject line: Staff Association Fees 2021.
On Wednesday, January 26th, UWaterloo will be joining 228 universities and colleges from across Canada to participate in Bell Let’s Talk Day, when Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, social media video view and use of our Facebook frame or Snapchat lens.
Provost announces changes to staff performance appraisals for this year
- File from Daily Bulletin, January 4, 2022
"In light of recent concerns about the Omicron variant and the temporary return to remote working routines where possible in January 2022, we are introducing streamlining and flexibility in the performance appraisal process for this year," Vice-President, Academic & Provost James Rush wrote in a memo to staff and their managers just before the holiday break.
Following the membership’s acceptance of the new UWSA by-law and the subsequent changes to the UWSA governance, which moved the three UWSA Presidents (President-elect Agata Jagielska, President Dave McDougall, Past President Kathy Becker) into Operations roles, the UWSA Board of Directors found itself with three vacancies in its complement. The vacancies posed a significant challenge to normal Board activities and so, the Board appointed three UWSA members to fill the vacancies until the next election cycle in the fall of 2022.