Update on Steelworkers Local 4120 Negotiations

This bulletin is intended to update the U of G community on the talks between the University and United Steelworkers Local 4120, the union that represents nearly 1,000 University staff members.

Two extra Gryph Mail sessions this summer

New at the University?  Want to learn how to better use Gryph Mail?  Learning & Development has partnered with CCS to offer two Gryph Mail training programs this summer - Gryph Mail Basics and Gryph Mail Advanced. 

To register for Gryphy Mail Advanced and learn program details, please click the following link:

Help us help the Guelph Food Bank

The Guelph Food Bank is in need of the community’s help to replace storm damaged goods.  The Food Bank was hit hard by the Wednesday morning storm. Part of the roof was torn off the building which resulted in water damage to a large amount of boxed food. 

U of G Receives ‘Stage-One’ Approval for Pension Relief

The University of Guelph’s application for stage-one temporary pension relief has been approved by the provincial government. Under recent provincial legislation, universities facing significant solvency funding requirements for their pension plans were given the opportunity to seek temporary relief under certain conditions.

This means that U of G now has three years of stable and manageable pension contribution payments, and the possibility of a longer period to pay off its pension plan solvency deficit.

Managing Me! - New program for Admins

Struggling to do more with less? Finding it difficult to plan, focus, organize and manage expectations?

Learning & Development, HR, invites Admins across campus to register for Managing Me, a workload/time management program that helps individuals execute on strategic priorities and stay energized.

Key topics include:

Sharing a Co-worker’s Grief

When a co-worker experiences the death of a loved one it can be tough to know exactly what to say or do. You may feel uncomfortable, awkward, afraid of intruding or worried that you will say something to make them feel worse. Here are a few helpful things to say and do as well as a few tips for things to avoid.

Helpful Things to Say and Do:

CUPE 1334, University Ratify Agreement

Members of CUPE Local 1334, which represents about 250 trades, maintenance and service worker employees, and the University of Guelph have ratified the agreement that was reached earlier this month.

In a joint message issued Feb. 7 about the agreement, Martha Harley, assistant vice-president (human resources), and Janice Folk Dawson, president of CUPE Local 1334, said:

February is heart healthy month: The face of heart disease is changing

Many women think of cardiovascular disease as a “man’s disease”. That’s simply not true. In fact, women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke.

In Canada, stroke kills 45 per cent more women than men. Women are 16 per cent more likely than men to die after a heart attack. Only one in seven women are aware that heart disease and stroke are their biggest health concern…..

HR Surpasses United Way Department Goal

The 2010 United Way campaign has come to a close and Human Resources would like to thank everyone who supported our departmental campaign.  Our final campaign total was $9,394.41 which greatly surpasses our campaign goal of $7,729.

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