ASPA Updates

2021 ASPA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

NOTICE

ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY

PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION (ASPA)

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Wednesday, APRIL 21 2021 VIA ZOOM VIDEO MEETING

1:00 pm (Call to order)

Click a the links below to access documents related to the Annual General Meeting.
ASPA Updates

2021 List of Executive Nominations with Biographies

LI-HUMEN, Erica

My name is Erica Li-Humen. I graduated from Edwards School of Business with my MBA in 2003. Prior to joining the university, I worked with provincial government for over 10 years as business development manager. I have been with the university since 2019. I worked with the Controller Officer as Institutional Approver, and a Finance Analyst with College of Medicine. In December 2020, I started my new career path with Global Institute for Water Security as Financial Analyst. Although my roles and responsibilities were quite different in the past, I gained a numerous skill with different university units. I appreciate people who I have been working with to provide me the opportunity to challenge myself and help me to achieve my goals.

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Labour in the News

Coronavirus Crisis Poses Risks and Opportunities for Unions

Disclaimer – The views in this article are not necessarily the views of, nor express our reality in, ASPA.  The purpose of highlighting this article is to provide members with varying viewpoints and information about Labour and the happenings around campus, provincially, nationally and internationally.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout pose serious challenges for Canada’s workers.

Naomi Klein’s 2007 bestseller, The Shock Doctrinedocumented how political and economic elites have exploited crises to advance an agenda of privatization and austerity.

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Uncategorized

Canada: Paid Vacation Leave

by Lisa Goodfellow and Jenifer Gentle Miller Thomson LLP

Saskatchewan has become the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a paid leave to allow an employee to take time off work to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Saskatchewan’s The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2020 have been amended to add a new Special Vaccination Leave (s. 6-22.1).  Under this provision, workers:

  • are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours to receive a COVID-19 vaccination;
  • are entitled to more than three consecutive hours if the employer determines the circumstances warrant a longer break from work; and
  • do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

This new regulation came into force on March 18, 2021.  It will be interesting to see if any other Canadian jurisdictions follow Saskatchewan’s lead in providing this paid vaccination leave.  We will keep you informed of any updates.

Reference Site: Paid Vaccination Leave – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Canada (mondaq.com)

Uncategorized

CLC/SFL Virtual Spring School 2021

LABOUR EDUCATION MAKES OUR MOVEMENT STRONGER

Labour education builds solidarity and knowledge. It teaches the skills unions need to represent their members and defend their rights using proven methods that allow adults of all backgrounds to learn. If your union wants to train the next generation of local activists or expand the skills that today’s leaders and activists already have, the CLC/SFL Virtual Spring School 2021 is here to help your union succeed. Unions know they need to reconnect with a new generation of working people. They can do this by being strong advocates for their members at work, as well as better political activists for everyone who works to support themselves and their families.

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Member Interest Articles

Finding Your Passion at Work

What are you passionate about? Living each moment to the fullest and savoring life along the path to your passion is what it is all about. To open the doorway to enlightenment you must take a proactive approach, become more engaged and take action to find your passion at work and have the career that you have always dreamed of having.        

Here are some practical steps to find your passion at work:

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Awards

University of Saskatchewan Staff Excellence Award

The University Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have achieved excellence while demonstrating dedication and commitment to the university’s Mission, Vision and Values and support of the University Plan 2025.

The staff member must be a current employee as of April 30 of the year of the nomination.

Criteria also includes:

  • enhancement of the work environment by providing extraordinary service to the university community;
  • inspiration, support and respect of the endeavours of others; 
  • distinction of accomplishment achieved through dedication and commitment to the university’s Mission, Vision and Values and support of the University Plan 2025

The deadline is March 19, 2021. If you would like to read more, or to apply, please follow the link.

University Staff Excellence Award – University of Saskatchewan (usask.ca)

ASPA Updates

ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund Application

The application form for the 2020-2021 ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund is now available online at: paws.usask.ca/go/awards. Students can apply online through their PAWS account as follows:

  1. Log into the Scholarships and Bursaries channel in PAWS (paws.usask.ca/go/awards)
  2. Click on the green “Apply for awards” button
  3. Click on the “Select Application Form” scroll-down menu under “Current Students
  4. Select the “2020-2021 ASPA Tuition Reimbursement Fund Application”; click “Apply

Please note the following:

  • ASPA members with family members graduating in 2021 can still receive the award for work done in the 2020-2021 academic year, even if they are not taking any further courses at the U of S.
  • Credit units completed after the end of this academic year (after the end of April 2021) will not be counted for this application, although they will be counted as part of the 2021-2022 application, as per the agreement between ASPA and the University that this award is based on. For example, 3rd year medical students who complete their credit units after April 2021 will not receive the full amount for the 2020-21 academic term but will be able to receive it the following year even though they started their studies during the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Tuition Reimbursement Fund is available for members’ immediate family (spouses, partner, and children).