ASPA Advocate

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) Read More

You only have until August 10th to submit your photo!

David Stobbe / Stobbe Photography

David Stobbe / Stobbe Photography

Pull out your camera, phone and snap up a few photos of our great campus. Inside or out send us photos of a day in the life of USASK.

Executive Member Highlight – Jay Shanahan

For the past two years, Jay Shanahan has served as an Executive member of ASPA, in the role of Vice-President.  A few years ago, at a time of great need for ASPA, Jay responded to an ASPA call for volunteers, and he has been a tireless volunteer for ASPA ever since. Jay sums up his experience as an ASPA Executive in these words:

“The most interesting part of my volunteerism with ASPA has been the amazing people I have met from across campus and you really get to see the campus in a larger scope. Often we don’t see past our own unit or the bowl, so to see how all the different pieces come together to achieve the mission of the university is really fascinating to watch unfold.”

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Voices of Saskatchewan’s Precarious Workforce

By Denise Leduc

In the 1970s a person working full-time making minimum wage would live 10 per cent above the poverty line. Today, that same person would be living approximately 12 per cent below the poverty line. In the past few years the Fight for 15 and discussions around living wages and a guaranteed basic income have been advancing dialogue about workers’ wages and economic fairness.

In 2015, 70 per cent of the people living in poverty in Canada were employed. Many of these people were taking on second or third job just to try to make ends meet. Read more!


ASPA Welcomes New Executive Members

The newest members to the ASPA Executive are Karen Onishenko and Lisa Bagonluri. Karen and Lisa were elected to the Executive at the ASPA AGM in April and are welcome additions to the team.

Not only is Karen new to the executive team, she is also fairly new to campus. Karen started working in the Disability Services for Students office in December, 2015. Karen is loving her position and feels fortunate to work with such intelligent, interesting, creative, wise, genuine companionate and REALLY fun people.  Read More

Officers Appointed for 2016-17

The 2016 ASPA Executive met for the first time on Thursday, May 12th. Under the ASPA Constitution the first order of business was to select the Executive Officers.

  • Dawn Giesbrecht will continue as President
  • Jay Shanahan will continue as Vice President
  • Peter Krebs will move to the role of Vice President
  • Sheila ffolliott will continue as Treasurer

ASPA/USASK Photo Contest

WIN your choice of 2 Huskie Football Season Tickets or 2 Season Tickets to the Greystone Theatre!!

Throughout the summer as you take in the majestic beauty of our great campus, ASPA is challenging you to pull out your camera phone and snap up a few photos of our great campus. Inside or out send us photos of a day in the life of USASK.

Email your entry to Winner will be announced on August 15th, last day to enter is August 10th.

Member Highlight – Q&A with Margret Asmuss

The ASPA Communications committee is releasing Member Highlights each month to show the diverse roles that ASPA members play here at the University of Saskatchewan. We had the opportunity to sit down with the University’s Sustainability Coordinator, Margret Asmuss, to get to know more about her and her role here on campus. Margret is a great example of the great diversity within ASPA. Read More

Inequity in EI system

Regional distribution of benefits highlights inequity in EI system| May 19 2016 | Teuila Fuatai |Qualifying for employment insurance based on your postal code is not working. Carleton University economist Frances Woolley discusses why with rabble labour reporter Teuila Fuatai.