ASPA Advocate

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!

Volunteers, Come One, Come All

Ah spring!  Once again a time for renewed focus, motivation, and yes the annual call to the ASPA membership for volunteers to fill positions on the executive and ASPA Committees.

Volunteer?  Curious how the word makes you feel.  Granted it does carry some level of weight.  A responsibility to live up to some terms or perhaps an onus to carry for some time?  What about the opportunity it presents though? The chance to contribute or to improve?  Lofty ideals but meanings that also apply.

ASPA advocates on behalf of members to improve the working environment at the UofS.

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New Collective Agreement

The new Collective Agreement (May 1. 2014 – April 30, 2019) is now available for your viewing and downloading here.  Please contact us at or 306-966-2471 if you have any questions.

Also, just a reminder about the upcoming Brown Bag session, Update on Collective Agreement (Work Hours Plans) on May 11, 2016 at noon in room 134 Arts.  Please register  for this session.








2:30 pm (Call to order)

Please see below

for the documentation for the AGM: the Agenda, Minutes of AGM April 2015

and General Meeting January 2016, Executive list, Committee list,

Committee Reports, a note on the Financial Statements, and the list of


There will be several door prize draws.
You must be in attendance to win.

A Social will follow at Marquis Hall,

Private dining room

2016 AGM Notice

2016 ASPA AGM Agenda

2015 ASPA AGM Minutes

2015-2016 ASPA Executive

January 2016 General Meeting Minutes

2015-2016 Committees

2015 -2016 Committee Reports

Agreement Ratified by Board

The University’s Board of Governors voted to ratify the ASPA Collective Agreement at their March Board meeting.   For more information attend the ASPA AGM on April 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm in 241 Arts or go to the FAQ’s page.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at or 306-966-2471.

 Executive and Bargaining Team 


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ASPA Thanks Members Through New Years of Service Program

In the fall of 2015 the ASPA Executive asked the Communications and Public Relations Committee to begin working on a project that would see ASPA recognize our members for their years of service. This project was officially green-lighted by the ASPA Executive in January of this year.

The committee made a number of recommendations to the Executive regarding the recognition of our members service: Read More

Executive Member Highlight: Paola Chiste

Paola ChristieAs part of our ASPA Newsletter we want to introduce you to the volunteers who make up the Executive Committee. Throughout the year the communications committee will highlight these individuals so that members can learn more about those who represent them. We decided the first highlight would be our longest-serving member of the Executive, Paola Chiste, and we asked what drew her to Volunteer for ASPA and what she has learned in the process.

Paola is a Research Officer in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development and a long time volunteer with ASPA. Paola first started volunteering for ASPA back in 2000.  She was fresh out of school and couldn’t resist the offer of free lunches after years of the starving-student mentality. Paola jokes, “I quickly learned that there is no such thing as a free lunch.” Read More

Top 10 things Canadian unions want to see in the federal budget

Early next week, the federal Liberal government will table their first budget. This is an historic opportunity for our government to respond to the jobs crisis.