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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.

Member Highlight: Susan Cook

Next time you visit the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) building, say “hello” to Susan Cook, when you see her. And, please congratulate Susan on being one of the longest-standing members of ASPA, looking back on 32 years at the U of S, with 8 years as an ASPA member.  Susan is not difficult to find: as Building Manager of the WCVM building, she needs to maintain her daily presence in all corners of what counts as one of the most diverse buildings on campus, encompassing offices, class rooms, research space and labs, clinical space for the animal patients, both interior and exterior, and public spaces for visitors. Susan became WCVM Building Manager in 2008, motivated by her interest in the building and its history.  Susan explains: Read More

Collective Agreement Brown Bag Session

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Pizza Social – June 8

All ASPA members are invited to the spring pizza social, to be held on June 8 at noon in the Health Sciences Atrium, which is in the D wing. Come out and join the ASPA Executive for some pizza and pop. It is a great chance to network with other ASPA members and ask questions of the ASPA Executive. We hope to see you there!