Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all our members for participating in this photo contest! The winners are as follows:Continue reading “ASPA #Fall Active Photo Contest Winners”
I am very happy to report, and as you all know, the ASPA membership has voted to accept the tentative agreement with 92.5% in favour. I have personally heard from several ASPA members that they are very happy that we have settled this round of bargaining and in such a timely manner.Continue reading “Bargaining Update”
ASPA continues to have several open grievances, eighteen (18) to be exact. To date, of those eighteen (18); ten (10) were filed in 2020. This compares to the eight (8) and nineteen (19) filed in 2019 and 2018, respectively. We have however over the recent months been able to resolve a few the grievances related to the Employer’s failure to deduct Association dues. Many of these grievances have been resolved by having positions moved within the scope of ASPA that were not previously in any bargaining unit. The theme of the other bulk of our grievances relate to the assertion that the employer has wrongfully laid off a member.Continue reading “Grievance Update”
Written by Karen E. Mosier
Nicole has been on campus since 1991 when she started a job in the Department of Plant Sciences as a Research Assistant. In 1999, she received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agricultural Biology Major with Minor in Microbiology) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology both from the University of Saskatchewan. In November 2004, she accepted a position as a Grants Officer in Research Services. This position has changed in job title and office name, to her current position as Research Support Specialist housed within Connection Point but reporting to RASI (Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives).Continue reading “ASPA Member Highlight – Nicole Benning, Research Support Specialist, Research Acceleration and Strategic Initiatives, University of Saskatchewan”
Cyberattack on SaskPolytech
On Saturday, Saskatchewan Polytechnic reported a “service disruption” affecting their website, intranet portal, VPN and other operating platforms and online services. The warning, however, added that “it is important that you do not use your computer to access the network or services using a VPN connection,” and that email should only be accessed using a cellphone. Clearly this was more than equipment failure.
On Sunday, SaskPoly clarified that it had been the target of a “cybersecurity incident” and was working with outside experts and law enforcement to assess its extent. All online and in-person applied classes were cancelled for Nov 2-4, and “Our first priority is to restore the online learning environment for students” (Brightspace).
Continue reading “Cyber Terrorists”
By Shane Gibson Global NewsPosted October 29, 2020 5:49 pm Updated October 29, 2020 5:52 pm
The union representing faculty at the University of Manitoba is moving one step closer to a strike at the province’s largest post-secondary institution.Continue reading “University of Manitoba Faculty Association’s bargaining unit to hold strike vote”
ASPA member Nicole Benning, Research Support Specialist, Research Services and Ethics Office, is the 2020 recipient of the University Staff Excellence Award winner. This 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. Along with a certificate, she will receive a $1,000 prize. Congratulations to Nicole for her outstanding contributions to the university community.
Congratulations to Our Winners!
A big thank you to everyone that took the time to attend our ASPA Brown Bag lunches. The winners of our door prizes are as follows:
Ergonomic Brown Bag – September 28, 2020
- Jacqueline Chometa Keele
- Della Toews
- Colleen Cochran
Sun Life Brown Bag – October 29, 2020
- Kira Penny
- Dawn Giesbrecht
- Erin Akins
Angeline Hainstock will mail out the prizes to the winners. Stay tuned for future ASPA Brown Bag luncheons and more opportunities to win door prizes.
The ASPA Communications Committee
Sun Life Financial, the service provider for your plan, invites you to attend a virtual Lunch and Learn for USask employees in the scope of ASPA.
This session will give ASPA members a general overview of their pension plan and the online features that members have access to including:Continue reading “ASPA Pension and Investment Information Webinar”