Labour in the News

Public Service Alliance of Canada Message

Please see the message below from our fellow union members on campus  in the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC):

I am sure you have heard by now that the university has proposed a tuition increase for graduate students at a rate of 10% per year for the next 5 years.  Nearly a thousand of the affected graduate students are PSAC members.  We recognize that all graduate students struggle to make ends meet at times.  We fear that this will put many of our members that are already in a precarious position in a very difficult situation. 

There is a petition being circulated around campus to urge the Board of Governors to reconsider this proposal and the affects it will have on students and programs across campus.  I would ask that you please take the time to sign it.–uhI-bquGjRKq7zw/viewform

In solidarity,

Jesse Todd

Regional Representative PSAC

Union of Graduate and Postdoctoral Workers

University of Saskatchewan

Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Rachel Tang, Qualitative Research Manager and Specialist, Social Sciences Research Laboratories, College of Arts and Science

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Rachel Tang obtained her Bachelor of Arts with High Honours in Psychology in 2013. The entirety of her 8 years of employment at the University has been with the Social Sciences Research Laboratories. She started at the SSRL in January of 2012 as a Student Research Interviewer in the Survey and Group Analysis Laboratory (SGAL). She excelled as an interviewer and was promoted to Assistant Survey Research Manager in 2013.  Rachel also worked as a transcriptionist for the Qualitative Research Laboratory (QRL) beginning in 2012. She started the role of Qualitative Research Coordinator for the QRL in September of 2014. In April of 2015, she was promoted to Qualitative Research Manager and Specialist, the role she currently holds.

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Labour in the News

How Does the Dispute Between Unifor and Co-op Compare to Past Labour Battles in Sask.?

Written by Bryan Eneas · CBC News · Posted: Feb 06, 2020 5:00 AM CT | Last Updated: February 6

Labour disputes are part of the historical fabric of Saskatchewan.

Regina’s mayor and chief of police are both keeping public safety at the top of their minds in discussions with the union representing locked out employees and their employer. (Bryan Eneas/CBC)

It’s been two months since employees of the Co-op Refinery in Regina were locked out, but how does the lockout compare to other labour disputes in the province’s history?

From the Regina Riot, to the 1997 dispute between the Retail Wholesale and Departments Store Union and Pepsi, to the 1999 Saskatchewan Union of Nurses strike, to the most recent dispute between the province and Crown employees, labour disruptions are part of the historical fabric of Saskatchewan. 

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Member Interest Articles

ASPA's Annual Post-Holiday Social

Ever year we celebrate another year of goals and successes accomplished by our Members. This year’s response was overwhelming and fantastic to see! With the venue being sold out with the 150 available tickets, we hope all our socials see this kind of popularity! We had an attendance of 83 plus some members of our Executive and the Social Committee. Congratulations to all of our fabulous winners!!

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Member Interest Articles

Emotional Intelligence in The Workplace

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Have you ever noticed that there always seems to be one or two people in an office setting that are very good at dealing with emotional situations, handing conflict, and demonstrating empathy? Emotional intelligence is defined as a person’s ability to recognize, understand, manage, and reason with emotions. This emotional understanding is critical to help teams work together better, make employees feel understood, connect better with colleagues, and to move up the career ladder.

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