The ASPA Annual General Meeting took place Wednesday, April 18, 2018. For the third year, service awards were given out prior to the AGM for 5 year increments of service, up to 30 years, as in the first year 30+ years of service were recognized as well. There were 155 members in attendance at the AGM – a few for whom it was their first ASPA AGM and a few for whom it would be their last, either because of retirement or taking advantage of the voluntary exit program.
There were 5 open positions on the Executive, filled by acclamation by Joanie Crandall, Sujata Haydu, Jeff Humm, Peter Krebs, and Henry Tan. Returning Executive members are Lisa Bagonluri, John Costa, Sheila ffolliott, Dawn Giesbrecht, Andrea Smida, John Wallace, and LaVina Watts. The Executive wished to thank Aaron Bird, Pat Dice, and Brock Egeto, who retired at the end of their terms, for their contributions.
In the President’s Report, Peter Krebs provided information on ASPA membership (at 1413 members strong in February 2018) and noted that approximately 60% of ASPA members are U of S grads. He thanked the many volunteers who participate in ASPA committees and then provided an overview of ASPA’s activities that monitor and enforce the employer’s compliance with the collective agreement and that also advocate for a healthy workplace that benefits our ASPA members.
A motion was put forth to increase ASPA dues from 0.6 to 0.8% of gross monthly salary. The dues deduction of 0.6% was approved in 2007. Since that time, steady increases in the cost of doing business have reduced ASPA’s capacity to contribute to the ASPA reserve. The reserve contingency fund is a contract bargaining “insurance” that strengthens ASPA’s bargaining clout in 2019, when the current collective agreement expires, and in future negotiations after that. A large contingency fund creates a more respectful environment for collective agreement negotiations, as it could support members in the event that various forms of job action are contemplated, should an adversarial approach be taken by the employer’s bargaining team during contract negotiations. The assembly voted, with a small margin in favor, to increase membership dues from 0.6 to 0.8% of gross monthly salary.
Kent Peterson, Strategic Advisor, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL), provided a brief presentation at the close of the AGM. This included an overview of SFL and of the benefits of membership such as advocacy and SFL activities. He noted that with ASPA joining SFL in 2018, there are now 37 affiliated unions and 100,000 working members.
The AGM adjourned and convened to the University Club for its annual Social.
We look forward to seeing you at the next pizza lunch.