ASPA Advocate

March 8 – Rally in Regina, Bus information

There are spaces left on the CUPE bus from Saskatoon to head to the Rally in Regina on March 8, 2017.  The bus details are as follows:


Boarding:     7:30 a.m. at the parking lot near Cabela’s

Note: Same location as SGEU bus loading area.

Depart:          8:00 a.m.

Destination:   Legislative Building in Regina for 11:30 a.m.  Return to Saskatoon same day.

To reserve a seat on the bus, please email two addresses and provide your name and cell phone number for the day of the rally for the bus roll – call:

Carla (CUPE – Saskatoon Bus Captain) at: AND copy:

Please ensure you have reserved a seat on the bus so it does not leave without you.

Thanks – ASPA Executive

Public Sector Union Rally in Regina, March 8, 2017


Dear ASPA Members and Colleagues,

The Saskatchewan Government Employees Union is calling all public sector union members in this province to a labour rally at the Provincial Legislature on March 8, at noon. 

The purpose of the rally is to draw attention  to detrimental consequences of reducing investments in the public sector, including education, health, social services, and infrastructure.

There is an expectation that public sector workers, which includes us, should sacrifice to balance the budget even though public employees have not been a major contributor to rising government expenditures. (Government to blame for the deficit crisis, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Feb. 13, 2017)

Please review the supplied rally poster to find out details about the event.  We hope that many of you are interested, wiling, and able to join the event.  If you can, please consider attending the rally.



Cap employee compensation, Sask. government tells school boards

Province looking for help tackling $1B deficit

CBC News Posted: Jan 16, 2017 12:03 PM CTLast Updated: Jan 16, 2017 12:03 PM CT

Education Minister Don Morgan ordered school boards to look for ways to reduce compensation costs in a written directive on Friday.

Education Minister Don Morgan ordered school boards to look for ways to reduce compensation costs in a written directive on Friday. (Don Somers/CBC)

The Saskatchewan government has ordered school boards to look at cost-cutting measures to help reduce the province’s $1-billion deficit.

On Friday, school division board chairs received a written directive to cap their next budget for employee compensation.  Read More

The Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference 2017 (GGCLC)

Way to go, Jay Shanahan!
The ASPA Executive was very excited to learn about the selection of our former Executive member Jay Shanahan as a participant in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference 2017 (GGCLC).  The conference: “brings together Canada’s emerging leaders from business, labour, government, NGOs, education and the cultural sector for a unique two-week experience aimed at broadening their perspectives on work, leadership, their communities and their country”
Before Jay left the ASPA Executive and the university in the fall of 2016, he began the application process to become one of the 250 participants in this illustrious event.  This process included a written application and an interview, in a competitive selections process to identify the best candidates from almost 1500 applicants from across the country.  Jay was selected as one of 65 labour representatives in the total cohort of 258 conference participants.
Following an opening plenary session of three days, conference participants will be divided into 16 study groups. Each group will travel to a different region of the country, and over the course of 8 days interact and engage with municipal leaders, grassroots activists, and community organizations.  A three day closing plenary will conclude the conference activities.  For more detailed information, visit
The ASPA Executive members congratulate Jay Shanahan on this accomplishment.

ASPA Nomination Form

The 2017 AGM is coming up on April 25th. Click the link below to download the nomination form for ASPA executive.

2017 Nomination Form

Sask. Party Government Must Remove Failed ‘Supervisory Exclusions’ From Legislation

January 19, 2017

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is urging the Sask. Party government to remove its failed ‘supervisory exclusions’ from the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA), before it causes anymore distress for workers and wasted taxpayers’ dollars.

On January 17, 2017, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (LRB) denied an employer’s attempt to remove ‘supervisory employees’ from a unit of CUPE at the Saskatoon Public Library. This case was the first real test of the Sask. Party government’s 2014 changes that allowed employers to carve ‘supervisory employees’ out of their bargaining unit.  Read More



“Supervisory Employees”

We want to update you about a recent Labour Relations Board (LRB) decision regarding “Supervisory Employees”.

As you are likely aware, the University made an application before the LRB to have a number of our members whom they deemed as “Supervisory Employees” removed from the bargaining unit as per The Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA). Read More

President’s Message

Happy New Year!

I would like to take this time to give a heartfelt thank you to the ASPA Executive Officers and the ASPA staff. They are a hard working group that keeps ASPA working for its members.  In addition to being on the Executive, many of them have joined committees, some internal to ASPA and some University committees. The following highlights just some of the work they do for ASPA and its members.

Elana Geller is our newest Executive Officer. She joined the executive in the fall to fill in a vacated position.

John Costa serves on the pension committee and was integral to getting online voting established that was used for voting on our collective agreement.

Sara Horseman has taken the lead on our communications committee.

Patrick Dice serves on the social, communications and nominations committees.

Brock Egeto attends weekly new positions meetings where we meet with the Employer and CUPE 1975. He also helps out on our communications and research committees.

Andrea Smida serves on the engagement committee and also sits on new positions.

Aaron Bird serves on our finance and research committees.

Sheila is the ASPA Treasurer. She provides timely financial reports in addition to working on the engagement committee and organizing our brown bag lunches.

Lisa Bagonluri is one of ASPA’s Vice Presidents and serves on the Employee Assistance Committee and the grievance committee.

Peter Krebs is also a Vice President and sits on the Employee Assistance Committee as well as the grievance, communications, finance and research committees.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the work that these members do for ASPA.  Hopefully it illustrates for you the numerous committees as well as the amount of work that is put into our organization.

I would like to also thank all of the other ASPA members that serve on a multitude of committees that help our organization and members. It is the collective work of all of these people that ensures the success of our association.

In addition, I must thank the ASPA staff, Darcy Hryn and Annetta Gellner, for their hard work and dedication to this organization. Darcy helps our members with contract interpretation and acts as a resource to the Executive. ASPA filed 17 grievances in 2016 and Darcy worked with the Presidents to ensure that they were handled as efficiently as possible. Annetta keeps us all organized and is also a resource to the Executive. She books our meetings, keeps track of our schedules and has the history of ASPA stored in her brain.

I am grateful to have the privilege of working with all of these talented and devoted people.

In preparation for our AGM in April, we will be looking for people to run on the ASPA executive.  If you are interested in learning more about ASPA, or more about our campus, serving on the Executive will give you tremendous experience. It is an opportunity to work with a fabulous group of people and is also a chance to give back to our organization. If you would like more information about giving back by joining a committee, writing articles for our website or serving on the Executive, you can contact any of the executive members, myself ( or email

Respectfully submitted,

Dawn Giesbrecht

ASPA President

ASPA January Social



By Doug Nesbitt

It’s been a year of bruising battles and bully governments for Canadian workers. But despite all this, there have always been glimpses of what’s possible when workers organize and fight.

During the October 2015 federal election, millions of Canadians jumped at the chance to get rid of Harper, betting on the Liberals when the NDP showed up with a lacklustre set of policies and Mulcair’s conservatism.

The election of the Liberals proved disorienting for sections of organized labour. Some labour leaders tried to cozy up to the Liberals when they reversed some of the worst Tory legislation, such as Bill C-377 and C-525. Read more!