ASPA Updates, Did You Know?

Union Dues

As an ASPA member you pay monthly Union dues.  The dues ensure that ASPA can effectively advocate on behalf of its members, by bargaining and protecting their rights and benefits in the Collective Agreement. Dues also fund the day to day operations of the organization.

More specifically, your dues pay for things like the salary and benefits of the ASPA staff, and for legal expenses at arbitration and Labour Relation Board hearings. Other ASPA expenses covered by dues include website maintenance, various subscriptions or membership fees (survey monkey, Lancaster House, CIRA), auditor fees, legal fees, bargaining related costs (education, hiring of external negotiator, research) and allocations to the contingency fund, to name a few.

Please note that your union dues are tax deductible from your annual income. Continue reading “Union Dues”

ASPA Updates, Did You Know?

Survivor Benefit

Did you know that ASPA’s Extended Health and Dental Plans have a survivor benefit?  If you did not, you are not alone….

Should an ASPA member who is eligible for the Extended Health and Dental Plans die while still employed at the University of Saskatchewan, their spouse and any eligible dependant(s), are eligible to continue to receive benefits for up to two years following the members passing.  The University will continue to pay the premiums during this time.  For further information regarding this and other benefit provisions please refer to the Extended Health and Dental Plan Summary located in your PAWS Account under the Benefit tab.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for the Extended Health and Dental Plans please refer to the ASPA Collective Agreement – Article 12 or contact Darcy Hryn – Bird at darcy@aspasask.ca.

 

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Salary Continuance

Did you know that salary continuance is made up of both a short term disability (STD) and long term disability (LTD) plan?  The STD plan is for medical absences from one (1) to ninety (90) days in length. LTD is medical absences of greater than ninety (90) days.

On May 1, 2017 the employer made a change to how ASPA member’s STD plan is being delivered: the University has contracted Lifemark Health Group to administer ASPA’s and all other STD plans on campus.   ASPA has filed a policy grievance to address some concerns that we have with this new process.  To date, the Faculty Association has also filed a grievance on this matter.  At this point it is unknown how long it will take to get resolution to the grievance or what that might look like but here is what we do know: Continue reading “Salary Continuance”

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Do you travel for work?

Did you know that travelling for work related activities is considered work time?

Did you know that the University has a policy and procedure regarding travel and travel expenses?

If you travel for work related activities, the time you travel is considered work time and you should be compensated accordingly.  If you are required to travel off campus or away from your principal office/work location for University business then you can claim expenses incurred and the time travelling is considered work time. Continue reading “Do you travel for work?”

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Are you a Supervisor?

A few years ago, the provincial Government undertook a review of a number of provincial statutes, including The Trade Union Act, The Labour Standards Act, and The Occupational Health and Safety Act to name a few.  They hoped to modernize and simplify the existing labour and employment legislation.  In doing so, they created The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA) which came into force and effect on April 29, 2014 (with the exception of a couple of Sections) Continue reading “Are you a Supervisor?”