Bargaining Updates

Bargaining – Mediation/Conciliation Update

Dawn Giesbrecht, ASPA Co – Lead Negotiator

I am writing to update you on the status of ASPA and U of S collective agreement renewal bargaining which included mediation/conciliation meetings over the last three days; May 5, 6 and 7.

As you may already know, the employer declared an impasse in bargaining on March 5th. This activated the requirement for mediation/conciliation under the Saskatchewan Employment Act and the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety appointed Mr. Kevin Eckert, Senior Labour Relations Officer, to work with both parties in an effort to find a bargaining settlement and end to the bargaining impasse.

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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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Bargaining Update

Hello ASPA members,

Vice President Dawn Giesbrecht

It has been just over two months since my last update. When I started writing this last week, we were heading into two more days of bargaining with the employer. I had hoped that I would be able to provide to you, our members, a very positive message. It had been my hope to be able to report to you that we are very close to an agreement.  To be honest, we are nowhere near an agreement.

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Bargaining Update

ASPA Bargaining Update

Your ASPA bargaining team met with the employer on November 21 and 22, 2019. This is the second meeting we have had to date and we will be meeting with the employer again on December 19 and 20, 2019. We are still in the early stages of bargaining but it is clear after the first two meetings that we have a lot of work ahead of us before reaching a new collective agreement.

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Bargaining Update

Hello ASPA Members,

dawnAs the days get shorter and the nights get cooler we can look forward to seeing a new crop of students arrive. I hope you have had a chance to take a break from your work to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

As the Co-lead, with Hugh Wagner, for your bargaining team, my plan is to update you monthly on the status of bargaining, even if there is nothing to report. At the very least you will know that nothing is happening and better yet, you will have a monthly update. Continue reading “Bargaining Update”

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Bargaining Update

ASPA’s Bargaining team met on June 11 for a third day-long meeting. The team made 2019 Bargaining Teamgreat progress in reviewing the collective agreement and I am happy to report that we have combed through the entire agreement. In our assessment, we discussed some of the challenges that we have had with interpreting the collective agreement over the last few years to see if we can come up with any means of addressing these points. Continue reading “Bargaining Update”