Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Merv Dahl, Risk and Insurance Coordinator, Safety Resources, University of Saskatchewan

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Merv majored in Psychology and History and obtained his BA from the University of Manitoba in 1974. He completed his Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) in October 1985 and his Certificate in Risk Management (CRM) in March 2005.

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Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Update

This is just a note to update you on the employer’s application to the Labour Relations Board (LRB), for a forced vote on their final offer.  We have not heard when the vote will take place.  We have reached out to the LRB to see if they have an idea of when the vote will take place and have not heard back.

The ASPA Bargaining team is asking that members defeat the vote by voting no.  The ramifications of a yes vote will impact the members of ASPA for many years to come.  We need to send a strong message to the employer that Merit reform cannot happen without changes to the increment system.

Your ASPA Bargaining team went to the employer to bargain an agreement which recognizes both the needs of its members and the financial bind that the employer finds themselves in.  The employer’s response to this is an attempt to use the uncertainty of these times and force a vote on an offer that will limit members ability to move in the salary range even more and hamper future bargaining teams from bargaining.

If you have not had a chance to review the material that ASPA has sent to you earlier in June, we would encourage you to review the bargaining updates on June 9 and June 10.

Lastly, we will certainly advise when we hear about the ballots being sent. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.  We can be reached at aspa@aspasask.ca.

Sent on behalf of the ASPA Bargaining Team

Dawn Giesbrecht, Co-Lead, Curtis Larson, ASPA President, Milan Bogunovic, Colleen Cochran, Graham Wisser, Hugh Wagner, Co-Lead, Darcy Hryn-Bird, ASPA Member Services Officer.

Awards

ASPA Service Awards

Since 2016 ASPA has been recognizing members for their years of service within ASPA.  ASPA recognizes those members who have reached a milestone year of as of December 31 each year.  This year ASPA will be recognizing 141 members who have been on campus for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.  We would like to thank you for all of your work.  If you would like to see a complete list of names, please continue reading.

thank you for your service
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Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Update

In order for you to have all the information that you need in which to make an informed decision on the upcoming vote, the ASPA Bargaining team is providing you with the following comparisons:

  • ASPA proposal to settle dated May 5 versus the Offer that the employer is asking you to vote on of May 7(ASPA FO vs Emp. FO)
  • Employer’s last offer versus what CUPE 1975 and USFA received in their last round of bargaining(ASPA CUPE USFA FO v3 Final)

We are hoping that these documents plus the one we sent yesterday will  assist in further dialogue at the Zoom meetings being held today at 330 pm and on Friday, June 12 at 1030.  Hoping that you can make one of these meetings.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at aspa@aspasask.ca if you have any questions.  Also, don’t forget to follow the ASPA website the ASPA Advocate at www.aspasask.ca.  

Sent on behalf of the ASPA Bargaining Team: Dawn Giesbrecht (Co-Lead), Curtis Larson (ASPA President), Colleen Cochran, Milan Bogunovic, Graham Wisser, Hugh Wagner (Co-Lead) and Darcy Hryn-Bird ASPA Member Services Officer

Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Update

On June 5th the University of Saskatchewan sent you an infographic describing their bargaining offer to ASPA. That infographic is set out on the right-hand side of this document (Detailed Infographic). Compare the infographic representation to the employer’s “final offer” (on the left-hand side of this document)(Detailed Infographic) that U of S is compelling you to vote on in the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) supervised balloting process.  ASPA believes that our members need to have all the facts so that when it comes time to vote that you will be able to make an informed decision.  The ASPA bargaining team is not recommending acceptance of this proposal.  We will be providing ASPA members with more information tomorrow.  All documents will be discussed during the Zoom meetings held on Wednesday at 3:30 pm and Friday at 10:30 am.  Please refer to the email sent to you yesterday for the details of accessing these meetings or reach out to us at aspa@aspasask.ca with questions.

Sent on Behalf of the ASPA Bargaining Team: Dawn Giesbrecht (Co-Lead), Curtis Larson (ASPA President), Collen Cochran, Milan Bogunovic, Graham Wisser, Hugh Wagner( Co-Lead) and Darcy Hryn-Bird (ASPA Member Services Officer)

Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Amanda Plante, Animal Research Ethics Specialist, Research Services and Ethics Office

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Amanda received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1994 from the University of Windsor and a MSc in Toxicology at the University in Saskatchewan in 1999. In addition, she is a yoga teacher with over 1000 hours in yoga training.

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Awards

Safety Awards

Written by Karen E. Mosier

We are pleased to announce that Mark Boyd, Vicki Keeler, Heather Neufeld, Chris O’Grady and Angela Selo were the co-winners of the 2020 University of Saskatchewan’s annual Safety Recognition Award. This recognition was given to these Health Sciences Lab Managers for their outstanding work over the past year. They were recognized as influencers who affect all levels of research and help exemplify that research can be both productive and safe.

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