by Issac Armstrong, PSAC Regional Representative
The Postdocs of the PSAC 40004 Local have been bargaining with the University for our first collective agreement since October 2017. We are into the hardest part of bargaining – negotiating improvements to salaries and benefits.
Did you know?
University of Saskatchewan Postdoctoral Fellows (Postdocs):
These contributions are essential to the University’s status as a U15 research institute. Read More
Help us celebrate ASPA’s 40th year of service and commitment to administrative and supervisory personnel.
Date/Time: Tuesday, 19 June 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)
Location: Health Sciences D-Wing Atrium
Please register here, prior to June 18 and select your preference for toppings (Variety, Gluten Free or Vegetarian):
Door prizes include Amazon gift cards. Follow us on the ASPA website at http://www.aspasask.ca (look for it at the bottom right)
Presenters: Edwards School of Business Executive Education, Retail Services and Connection Point
On behalf of the 40th Anniversary Committee
By Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix
The union representing some University of Saskatchewan researchers and instructors is calling the institution’s approach to bargaining “unfair,” and urging the provincial government to get involved. READ MORE
An Uber software engineer making a six-figure income killed himself in 2016, with his family blaming workplace stress. A 21-year-old Merrill Lynch intern collapsed and died in London after working 72 hours straight. When Arcelormittal closed a steel plant that it had taken over, a 56-year old employee died of a heart attack three weeks later. His family said it was the shock. And the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has reported that over half of the 550 million working days lost annually from absenteeism “are stress related”.
In 2015, an analysis of almost 300 studies found that harmful workplace practices were as bad for mortality, and as likely to lead to a physician-diagnosed illness, as second-hand smoke, a known – and regulated – carcinogen. READ MORE
By Karen E. Mosier – Reprinted with permission. Originally printed in CARA Connection Newsletter Vol 5 Issue 6 Nov 2017
I like to keep a positive attitude at work. It isn’t always easy to maintain a positive frame of mind amid the daily stressors of a busy workplace. Being unhappy is not only bad for our health but it is also detrimental to our productivity.
The SFL Summer edition of the SFL Labour Reporter is now available. Check out page 5 where the SFL acknowledges ASPA’s recent affiliation.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 25, 2018
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is celebrating a hard-fought victory – the full repeal of Bill 40. Bill 40 was the Sask. Party government’s Crown corporation privatization law. It allowed the government to circumvent voters by selling-off 49% of any Crown without asking Saskatchewan people.
“Workers and the SFL fought the Sask. Party government’s Bill 40 from day one,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “we held townhall meetings, small rallies, big rallies, and worked with coalition partners to keep our Crown corporations 100% public for Saskatchewan people,” he added. READ MORE
Big thanks once again to all the volunteers including Pat Dice and Donna Teszeri for another flawlessly executed pizza social last week. We registered 155 attendees and if you believe the plate count, closer to 200 attended. Pizza was as good as always.
The two Amazon gift card winners had completely different numbers and happened to be seated next to each other when they won.
40th Anniversary Committee