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”
Alex MacPherson • Saskatoon StarPhoenix
The union representing University of Saskatchewan administrative workers was ”blindsided” by the institution’s attempt to force a vote on its final contract offer, says the union’s president.Continue reading “U of S Union Surprised by Attempt to Force Contract Vote”
Parking Fees during COVID-19 Pandemic Campus Shutdown
Good Afternoon ASPA Members,Continue reading “Parking Fee Update”
Written by Darcy Hryn-Bird, ASPA Member Services Officer
As you are probably aware the University of Saskatchewan (the employer) announced on April 28th how they will manage their workforce moving forward. You should have received an email from People and Resources outlining their plans.
The people leaders in your area will be reviewing the work that is being done in your area over the upcoming days. The employer identified in this communication that “Staff working in essential campus operations will continue, some work in isolated areas of campus or sites outside the main campus may partially re-start, and work that can be done remotely will continue to be done off-campus.”Continue reading “Temporary Layoffs”
Karen E. Mosier is a Research Coordinator for the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. Karen has her BA in Psychology and MSc in Pharmacy. Karen has over fourteen years’ experience in research administration at the University of Saskatchewan.
Karen was the ASPA representative on the Non-Academic Pension and Benefits Committee for 3 years until it was disbanded in June 2019. Karen has been on the ASPA communications committee since April 2018. In August 2019, she stepped up to chair two combined committees to form the Communications & Public Relations Committee. Karen has written 21 ASPA member highlights and 13-member interest articles for the ASPA Advocate website. Karen is also a member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. She is the co-leader of the CARA Member Engagement Committee and has written 30 articles for the CARA Connection newsletter. Karen recently published her first book entitled “Soft Skills and Professional Tips for the Office”.Continue reading “2020 List of Executive Nominations with Biographies”
ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPERVISORY
PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION (ASPA)
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
TUESDAY, APRIL 28 2020 VIA ZOOM VIDEO MEETING
2:00 pm (Call to order)
Click a the links below to access documents related to the Annual General Meeting.
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
ASPA continues to have a number of open grievances, twenty (20) to be exact. These grievances are the same ones that were open since the last update in November, which you can read here.
We continue to wait for two (2) Arbitration awards. Both were heard last year. However; just last week, ASPA did receive an award on a wrongful layoff grievance that we had filed. The arbitrator ruled in favour of the Union and we now await discussion with the employer as to the implementation of this award. The award affirms that the employer cannot lay a permanent member off if the majority of their work continues to exist and moves to another member or individual as outlined in Article 16.Continue reading “Grievance Update”