The results of the vote for the new collective agreement are in and the membership voted 92.5% in favour of accepting the agreement so it has now been ratified by the membership. 978 members out of a possible 1317 participated in the vote which is a great participation rate and speaks to how engaged all of you were through this process and as I have said before, this sends a strong message to administration that you care about what happens at the university and will put ASPA in a strong position in the next round of bargaining. I want to thank all of you for your feedback during the information sessions and for those who emailed us throughout, we listened to all of you and while not everyone will be happy with the results your feedback will be taken into consideration by the executive when we enter the next round of bargaining in just over 18 months.
Work will now start on finalizing the wording in the new agreement which will likely take a few months to complete before we have the agreement available on our website but the terms of the agreement including the payout of first part of the signing bonus on December 15, 2020. You will see the changes to your pension contributions on your Nov 15 pay and the increase to eye exams and the paramedical increase for mental health providers will be effective November 1, 2020.
Lastly, on behalf of all ASPA members thank you to the bargaining team made up of Dawn Giesbrecht, Milan Bogunovic, Colleen Cochran, Graham Wisser, Darcy Hryn-Bird, and our consultant Hugh Wagner for their dedication and many hours of work both at the negotiating table and at all the prep meetings we had.
All the best and stay safe!
Curtis Larson ASPA President 2020-21