ASPA Advocate

The Origins of April 28th as The Day of Mourning

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At the 1984 Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress a resolution was adopted declaring April 28th as a “National Day of Mourning” to honour those workers in Canada who have been killed, injured or disabled on the job, or who suffer from occupational diseases. April 28th was chosen because on that day in 1914 Ontario proclaimed the first comprehensive Workers Compensation Act in Canada. Read More

How Weakened Privacy Laws In America Affect Canadians

How Weakened Privacy Laws In America Affect Canadians | Matthew Held


Huffington Post Canada

Internet users want convenience and privacy. However, more convenience means less privacy and vice versa. In a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, …  Read more

ASPA Service Awards Recipients – AGM APRIL 25, 2017

2016 was the inaugural year for the ASPA Service Awards, and the initiative continues for 2017.

We would like to thank you, and recognize you for your years of service to the University of Saskatchewan as an ASPA member.

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Please note updated info regarding the upcoming ASPA Annual General Meeting:








 3:00 pm (Call to order)

There will be several door prize draws.

You must be in attendance to win.

A Social will follow at The University Club




Tuesday, April 25, 2017

241 Arts

3:00 pm (Call to Order)

The University agrees to allow ASPA members time away from their duties to attend this meeting. Arrangements should be made within your department to minimize disruptions.


  1. Call to Order
  1. Adoption of Minutes
  • Annual General Meeting, April 28, 2016
  1. Business Arising from the Minutes
  1. Election of Officers 2017 – 2018
  1. President’s Report
  1. Treasurer’s Report
  1. Questions on the Committee Reports
  1. Thank you to the retiring Executive Members
  1. Introduction of the 2017 – 2018 Executive
  1. Motion to destroy the ballots
  1. New Business
  1. Adjournment

A social will be held at the University Club immediately following the meeting.



Click to access the 2016 AGM Minutes



Access the 2016-2017 AGM Reports here.




The following nominations have been received for Executive Member:

BROCK EGETO – Employment Coordinator, Student Employment and Career Centre, SESD

Brock joined the university in 2013 as an ASPA member. He has been on the ASPA Executive for the past three years serving on the Communications / Public Relations, Research and Engagement Committees.

DAWN GIESBRECHT – Departmental Assistant / Instructor, Division of Biomedical Sciences

Dawn has served as president-elect and the past two years as president. She has given leadership to the Administrative Employees Consultative Committee (AECC), the grievance process, Jurisdiction and New Positions Committee, Scope and Classifications Committee, negotiations, and general ASPA representation. She has been an ASPA member since September 1999.

ANDREA SMIDA – Biosafety Officer, Safety Resources, Human Resources

Andrea has been an ASPA member since January 2008. She has served on the ASPA Executive since December 2012 with involvement in the Research Committee, the Engagement Committee and the New Positions Committee.

LAVINA WATTS – Study Abroad Coordinator, Programs Office, College of Arts and Science

This past year LaVina stepped up to fill a vacant position on the Executive until the end of the term. She has been a member of ASPA since October 2013.

Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the Annual General Meeting.



Click to access the 2016-2017 Executive List



Click to access the 2016-2017 Committees List



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. Read More


By Andrew Stevens and Charles Smith

Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget landed with an unenthusiastic thud last week. Riddled with cuts, job losses, public sector wage reductions, and tax increases, the Saskatchewan Party’s austerity budget has garnered few friends, with critics ranging from organized labour movement to small businesses. The government’s budget has several fiscal goals: aggressively tackle its $1.3-billion deficit in three short years, overhaul the tax structure away from progressive forms of taxation to consumption taxes, and dismantle key aspects of the social welfare state. Read more!

Beyond Bread and Butter

Jacobin, December 27

When we think of strikes, we usually think of disputes over wages and benefits. Strikes make the case that it’s easier for bosses to pay workers more than to run a company without them. But unions often fight for more than money. Workers can walk off the job to demand new rights at work, fighting for control over their working conditions.

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Posted March 9, 2017  By Alia Karim and David Bush

On Monday striking York food service workers, represented by Unite Here Local 75, voted to accept their new contract. The workers went on strike for and won a $15/hour starting wage and fair working conditions. Their victory paves the way for workers right across the province to achieve $15 and fairness.

The workers won major improvements to their contract in the nearly three week strike. They will see an immediate bump in their starting wage from $12.21 per hour to $13.21, which will apply retroactively back to last September. There will be a further wage increase this coming September and by the end of the first year of the contract the starting wage for all workers will be $15. Read more!

Tuition Reimbursement Fund (Application Form available online now)

Immediate family of ASPA members can apply for consideration under the Tuition Reimbursement Fund (TRF), if they are registered students at the University of Saskatchewan.  The eligibility criteria states the following (for more details refer to Article 12.12 in the Collective Agreement)

12.12.1 Eligibility Criteria

The TRF is open to students who are immediate family members (spouses, partners, and children) of Association members¹.

 In order to be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed one or more University of Saskatchewan courses that qualify for credit toward a degree or diploma program.

The Student and Enrolment Services Division (SESD) at the University administers the fund. Read More


At the AGM, the Executive will present various reports about ASPA activities.  As well, several positions on the Executive need to be filled; please consider volunteering for the Executive.  A nomination form is available here on the ASPA website.

Years-of-service awards will be handed out to members who have reached benchmark years of service within the scope of ASPA at the U of S.  Should you be one of the recipients, you will receive a separate announcement about this before the AGM.

ASPA Social following the AGM: please join us for good company and refreshments at the University Club, 4:00  – 6:00 pm.