ASPA Updates, Uncategorized

Condolences to the Gellner Family

Dear ASPA Members

We are very sad to advise everyone that Annetta Gellner passed away on Wednesday March 25, 2020 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Annetta served ASPA for 21 years as our assistant and that was after serving the university for 35 plus years in the registrars office. Annetta was an integral part of ASPA and for many years was the only constant in a rotating list of executive members. Speaking from personal experience having served as president for the first time 18 years ago, Annetta kept me on track with all the things a president has to do and was a wealth of information on everything from how to run a meeting to the story behind decisions made many years prior. I will miss Annetta but feel lucky to have worked with her.

You can read her obituary at this link https://www.arbormemorial.ca/hillcrest/obituaries/annetta-inez-gellner/47276

Curtis Larson

ASPA President”

Labour in the News

University of Alberta to eliminate up to 1,000 positions in face of funding cuts

CBC News · Posted: Mar 13, 2020 3:11 PM MT | Last Updated: March 13

The University of Alberta has eliminated 400 positions and could cut another 600 in the coming year in face of government funding reductions, says president David Turpin.

“Over the last four months we have received a reduction in government funding in the order of $110 million,” Turpin told reporters Friday at a news conference. “That is resulting in major changes here.

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Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Update – Parties at an impasse

Bargaining Report from the ASPA Bargaining Committee March 5, 2020

Your ASPA Bargaining Committee began meeting with representatives of the U of S on October 31, 2019 in an effort to bargain the improvement and renewal of our collective agreement that expired on April 30, 2019.

ASPA approached the U of S in advance of the bargaining meetings to suggest an expedited process in which the two parties would focus on short lists of their key bargaining proposals. The purpose underlying this approach was to focus collective bargaining on reaching a timely settlement without the drama, delay and frustration of previous years.

U of S representatives agreed to the expedited bargaining approach proposed by ASPA. Accordingly, your bargaining committee brought forward a handful of proposals on key (mostly monetary) issues identified by ASPA members.

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Labour in the News

U of S Graduate Tuition Hike Could Factor into Bargaining, Union Says

Written by Amanda Short, Saskatoon StarPhoenix. February 23, 2020

Ahead of the board of governors vote on the issue during its March 23 and 24 meeting, PSAC Local 40004 says increases would put an “undue burden” on its members.

The union representing University of Saskatchewan graduate and postdoctoral workers is speaking against a proposed tuition hike headed for a vote by the school’s board of governors.

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Local 40004 represents all graduate students employed as teaching assistants, teaching fellows, student assistants and research assistants.

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Labour in the News

Public Service Alliance of Canada Message

Please see the message below from our fellow union members on campus  in the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC):

I am sure you have heard by now that the university has proposed a tuition increase for graduate students at a rate of 10% per year for the next 5 years.  Nearly a thousand of the affected graduate students are PSAC members.  We recognize that all graduate students struggle to make ends meet at times.  We fear that this will put many of our members that are already in a precarious position in a very difficult situation. 

There is a petition being circulated around campus to urge the Board of Governors to reconsider this proposal and the affects it will have on students and programs across campus.  I would ask that you please take the time to sign it.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSecWCKu8GvJIgAqP3314iyHjoq1qjXvx–uhI-bquGjRKq7zw/viewform

In solidarity,

Jesse Todd

Regional Representative PSAC

Union of Graduate and Postdoctoral Workers

University of Saskatchewan