ASPA Advocate

Voluntary Exit Survey Summary

by Peter Krebs, ASPA President

On October 30 2017, on our ASPA website, we reported on the results of the Voluntary Exit Program (VEP), by providing metrics on the number of participants, their home departments, family and phase, and the like. If you missed the article, go to (

The ASPA Executive also wanted to hear from the members about their experiences with the VEP, and their perceptions of the value of the voluntary exits. ASPA’s most recent one minute survey is the tool through which we obtained your feedback on the VEP.

We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to complete the survey: 540 members have replied, of which 52 respondents (of 78 who are leaving) participated in the VEP.

We find the results quite interesting and noteworthy, as they provide us with important lessons to reflect on the past, and to consider for the future, in respect to a voluntary exit program.

Here is what you said: Read More

Survivor Benefit

Did you know that ASPA’s Extended Health and Dental Plans have a survivor benefit?  If you did not, you are not alone….

Should an ASPA member who is eligible for the Extended Health and Dental Plans die while still employed at the University of Saskatchewan, their spouse and any eligible dependant(s), are eligible to continue to receive benefits for up to two years following the members passing.  The University will continue to pay the premiums during this time.  For further information regarding this and other benefit provisions please refer to the Extended Health and Dental Plan Summary located in your PAWS Account under the Benefit tab.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for the Extended Health and Dental Plans please refer to the ASPA Collective Agreement – Article 12 or contact Darcy Hryn – Bird at


No 3.5% wage cut? Sask. unions say they’ll believe it when they see it

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM CT

Unions with their eyes warily cast on future contract-bargaining sessions are reacting mutedly to the news that the Saskatchewan government will not achieve an across-the-board 3.5 per cent wage cut this fiscal year.  READ MORE

2017 Flexible Spending Allocation Deadline

The deadline for ASPA members to allocate their 2017 Flexible Spending Program (FSP) amount is December 31, 2016.

To allocate your funds, please visit the Flexible Spending Program page in PAWS. If you miss the deadline, your allocation will remain the same as the previous year and cannot be changed due to CRA regulations.

Remember to use any remaining funds from the 2016 calendar year before December 31, 2017, or the unused credit will be forfeited and revert back to the University of Saskatchewan.  READ MORE

Government ordered to pay lawyers for being on – call

ASPA Pizza Social

When: Thursday November 23rd 12:00-1:00

Where: 1005 Education Bldg (Student Lounge).

Please be sure to RSVP by November 21, 2017 to ensure we accommodate everyone.  Gluten Free and Vegan options will be available.  RSVP to ASPA at

ASPA Engagement Committee

‘It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the government’: First public sector union rejects 3.5 per cent wage rollback

Around 81 per cent of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2067 members voted against the contract on Oct. 16, said Larry Hubich, whose organization represents around 100,000 unionized workers in the province.  READ MORE


Incentivized Exit Program/Voluntary Exit Program (VEP)

It is probably safe to say that most people were aware that the University offered an Incentivized Exit Program, which also became known as the Voluntary Exit Program (VEP) at the end of May to all ASPA members.  We are now able to report on some of the numbers associated with the Program: Read More

Province-wide strike at Ontario’s colleges begins second week

 Meagan Gillmore

Picketers from Fanshawe College in London, Ont., at the start of the strike in support of college professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians. Photo: Erin E. MacDonald/Twitter

Classes remain cancelled at Ontario’s 24 publicly funded colleges.

More than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians took to the picket lines on October 16, after the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council failed to reach a new agreement.

The two sides were in negotiations throughout the summer.  READ MORE

2017 Retirees Lunch

The 2017 ASPA Retirees lunch was held on September 28th. Celebrating this year were:

Grace Milashenko, Lori Nizinkevich, Bohdan Pylypec, Diane Nordick, Rosalie Sulik, Carol Lockhart, Jeanette McKee.

Also in the photo Peter Krebs (ASPA President)

ASPA Retiress 28 Sep 2017