ASPA Advocate

Phone searches at the Border

Canada’s privacy commissioner ‘very concerned’ about US border phone searches

Canada’s privacy czar says Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by … Read More

President’s Message

August is coming to a close, and this presents an occasion to reflect on the not-quite-yet-done summer, and to anticipate the upcoming academic year.

I would like to welcome back all of our colleagues who had the opportunity to take some restful vacation over the summer months.  As the seasons change, a new academic year is about to begin, and soon our campus will see new and returning students, and there will be an increased excitement and busyness in the air.

To kick off the new academic year, ASPA together with other unions on campus is hosting the second annual free pancake breakfast in the Bowl, on September 7, 7:30 – 10:00am.  There will be lots of information about the employee unions, many giveaways, and a “door” prize. Please visit the ASPA Advocate (website) for more information. Read More

Pancake Breakfast


In unprecedented move, Sask. Party government rejects labour appointment to LRB


August 4, 2017

In a letter dated July 31, 2017, the Deputy Minister for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Mike Carr, wrote to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) informing us that Minister Don Morgan has confirmed the Sask. Party government is denying a labour appointment to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB). This circumstance marks a troubling new precedent of the provincial government hand-picking labour representatives, even if those representatives do not have the support of the group they represent. Read more

Sask. Party government cites conflict in denying SFL president spot on labour relations board

The Saskatchewan Party government is refusing to allow the president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) a seat on the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB).

Larry Hubich was nominated to sit on the board by the Saskatchewan Building Trades Council, the organization that recommends members to the board along with the SFL.

The SLRB is an independent tribunal responsible for making rulings on disputes related to labour legislation in the province.  Read more

Ontario’s $15 minimum wage


By Nick Day

The backlash from employers and their lobbies over Ontario’s $15 minimum wage announcement has been loud but monotone. Their refrain: small businesses simply can’t afford to pay $15/hour. This increase will kill businesses or force them to cut jobs, which will ultimately hurt their low-wage workers – those very workers who are today struggling to get by on $11.40/h, $9.90/h for liquor servers. Read more!

Salary Continuance

Did you know that salary continuance is made up of both a short term disability (STD) and long term disability (LTD) plan?  The STD plan is for medical absences from one (1) to ninety (90) days in length. LTD is medical absences of greater than ninety (90) days.

On May 1, 2017 the employer made a change to how ASPA member’s STD plan is being delivered: the University has contracted Lifemark Health Group to administer ASPA’s and all other STD plans on campus.   ASPA has filed a policy grievance to address some concerns that we have with this new process.  To date, the Faculty Association has also filed a grievance on this matter.  At this point it is unknown how long it will take to get resolution to the grievance or what that might look like but here is what we do know: Read More

‘Maybe the 78 departures will put the university close to the target’: ASPA boss optimistic U of S layoffs can be avoided

Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

BESTPHOTO  SASKATOON,SK--MAY 25/2017-0526 news u of s- Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) union president Peter Krebs stands for a photography in his office on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)
Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix
The head of a union representing about 1,100 administrative staff at the University of Saskatchewan expects the cash-strapped institution to accept most, if not all, of the 78 applications for voluntary buyout packages it received after announcing plans to reduce its compensation costs this year.

Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) president Peter Krebs said while the U of S has not outlined its cost-cutting targets in response to the Saskatchewan Party government’s 2017-18 austerity budget, he hopes the higher than expected number of applications will prevent any staff from getting pink slips.  Read More…

2 richest Canadians have more money than 11 million combined

David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. as wealthy as poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, Oxfam calculates

The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 15, 2017 8:47 PM ETLast Updated: Jan 16, 2017 2:49 PM ET

A man holds up a protest sign as he marches with thousands of people through the streets participating in the Occupy Vancouver protest on Oct.15, 2011. A new report called 'An Economy for the 99%' paints a stark picture of wealth inequality in Canada and around the world.

A man holds up a protest sign as he marches with thousands of people through the streets participating in the Occupy Vancouver protest on Oct.15, 2011. A new report called ‘An Economy for the 99%’ paints a stark picture of wealth inequality in Canada and around the world. (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

The two richest Canadians have the same amount of wealth as the poorest 30 per cent of the country combined, according to a new report from a group of international aid organizations.

The Oxfam report says the wealth of billionaire businessmen David Thomson and Galen Weston Sr. equals that of about 11 million Canadians. Read More

ASPA Volunteer Survey Results

Dear ASPA members: We would like to acknowledge and thank all of our members who, over the past month, participated in a survey about the topic of “volunteering” in our association.

“Volunteering” is a topic that is highly relevant for us, as the association requires many volunteers to conduct its business.  The ASPA Executive is interested in our members’ perception of the value of volunteer participation.

At the closing date of the survey, 384 (of around 1100) ASPA members had responded to the survey.  Here is what we found: Read More

Canada’s unions celebrate repeal of controversial anti – union legislation

Canadian Labour Congress
June 14 2017

Canada’s unions are celebrating the adoption of Bill C-4, legislation that repeals the former Conservative government’s controversial anti-union Bills
C-377 and C-525.

“Our affiliates and labour activists across the country have organized and campaigned against these bills from the beginning, and this is their victory to celebrate,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff.   Read More