Labour in the News

Why a Union Drive at Tim Horton’s in small town Saskatchewan Matters

By Gerard Di Trolio

On Thursday August 16, workers at the Tim Horton’s in the small town of Canora, Saskatchewan will vote for the second time on whether to certify Workers United Canada Council to represent them. The previous certification vote was held in June 2017.

The circumstances of the re-vote for certification called by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board in a 2-1 decision made on July 20 could have a chilling effect on further unionization efforts in the province. Read more!

Member Interest Articles

U of S online salary disclosure ‘a step in the right direction’: expert

By Alex McPherson, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, August 14, 2018
Until recently, information about the university’s top earners could only be found in a three-ring binder in the institution’s library.

The University of Saskatchewan followed through on a year-old commitment to improve transparency by publishing an online database of its highest-paid employees’ salaries, bonuses and other pay.

The database includes 955 university employees, each of whom earns more than $125,000 per year. Until last month, that information could only be obtained by visiting the university library and consulting a printed list.  READ MORE


ASPA Updates

Summary of Census Survey – ASPA Brown Bags

Written by Peter Krebs, Research Committee

Lunchtime ASPA Brown Bag (ASPA BBs) sessions can be a useful vehicle for ASPA to bring ASPA members together, to become informed about various elements of their employment at the University, and to discuss such matters in a group based interactive format. In ASPA BBs, we explore and interpret details of important elements in our collective agreement. ASPA BBs also provide direct person-to-person Q&A opportunities.  Recordings from various past BBs are available for viewing on the ASPA Advocate website, under “Categories – Brown Bag Sessions”. Continue reading “Summary of Census Survey – ASPA Brown Bags”

Member Interest Articles

Making the Most of your Job

By Karen E. Mosier – Reprinted with permission.  Original printed in CARA Connection Newsletter Vol 5 Issue 6 Nov 2017

Over the years I have had many different jobs. Some positions were more exciting and dynamic than others. But regardless of my job description, I love going home with a feeling of satisfaction for all the things that I have accomplished throughout the day. Part of enjoying your career is getting the most out of every day.

Continue reading “Making the Most of your Job”

Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight- Kara Loy, Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Initiative

Written by: Karen E. Mosier

Kara Loy has a Master’s degree in Education through the University of Calgary, a Bachelor in Liberal Arts degree in Spanish, and a Bachelor in Arts Honours degree in loyEnglish, with a Certificate in Teaching English as a Subsequent Language; the latter three designations are through the University of Saskatchewan. She has just started an educational doctoral degree through the University of Calgary. She has worked at the University of Saskatchewan for 5 years.

Kara is the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Research Initiative. Her duties are to collaborate with faculty, students and staff to implement undergraduate research into the first-year curriculum, to create a culture of research that includes undergraduate students, and to celebrate their accomplishments. Continue reading “ASPA Member Highlight- Kara Loy, Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Initiative”

Labour in the News

Legal Aid layoffs cause concern among Saskatoon legal community

Angelina IriniciAngelina IriniciReporter,  @angelinaiCTV, Published Wednesday, July 4, 2018 6:28PM CST, Last Updated Wednesday, July 4, 2018 6:43PM CST
Layoff notices have been issued for staff at Legal Aid in Saskatoon. Some of the legal work will now be contracted out to private lawyers.

The vice-president of CUPE Local 1949, which represents Legal Aid Saskatchewan employees, said layoff notices in the Saskatoon office sent shockwaves through staff.

Six administrative employees, which is the equivalent of four and a half full-time positions, are being cut and three vacant lawyer positions are not being filled, according to union vice-president and Legal Aid lawyer Deb Hopkins. She also said some duty counsel work, which includes bail hearings and sentencings, is being contracted out to private lawyers.  READ MORE