ASPA Advocate

ASPA seeking a 40th Anniversary Coordinator – Contract

The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary year of ASPA’s certification as an employees’ union at the U of S.   For the next 10 months,  concluding on October 31 (our actual anniversary date), a number of events will promote and celebrate this significant milestone.

ASPA is searching for an Anniversary Event Coordinator, retained on a fee-for-service contract, to coordinate the planning and execution of these celebratory events. If you have the skills, experience, and time to become our 40th Anniversary Event Coordinator, please review the position description.  Then, submit an expression of interest, and  documentation about your relevant experience, to  by Monday January 15, 4 pm.

 Feel free to share this contract opportunity with anyone in your list of contacts; off-campus expressions of interest are also welcome.  

Who in Saskatchewan benefits if the minimum wage goes up to $15?


President’s Message

getportraitThe holiday season will soon be upon us and at this occasion, the ASPA Executive and Staff would like to wish you a safe, happy, and most importantly, restful holiday.

2017 is almost over. It has been an eventful year, for the ASPA Executive and staff, but also for many of our members.  Most notable was the Voluntary Exit Program that the employer proposed, and which ASPA accepted.  We regret that we will lose many, mostly long term, members, but take satisfaction in the fact that the departing members, for the most part, have arranged their personal and/or professional destiny on their own terms.

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Voluntary Exit Survey Summary

by Peter Krebs, ASPA President

On October 30 2017, on our ASPA website, we reported on the results of the Voluntary Exit Program (VEP), by providing metrics on the number of participants, their home departments, family and phase, and the like. If you missed the article, go to (

The ASPA Executive also wanted to hear from the members about their experiences with the VEP, and their perceptions of the value of the voluntary exits. ASPA’s most recent one minute survey is the tool through which we obtained your feedback on the VEP.

We are very grateful to everyone who took the time to complete the survey: 540 members have replied, of which 52 respondents (of 78 who are leaving) participated in the VEP.

We find the results quite interesting and noteworthy, as they provide us with important lessons to reflect on the past, and to consider for the future, in respect to a voluntary exit program.

Here is what you said: Read More

Survivor Benefit

Did you know that ASPA’s Extended Health and Dental Plans have a survivor benefit?  If you did not, you are not alone….

Should an ASPA member who is eligible for the Extended Health and Dental Plans die while still employed at the University of Saskatchewan, their spouse and any eligible dependant(s), are eligible to continue to receive benefits for up to two years following the members passing.  The University will continue to pay the premiums during this time.  For further information regarding this and other benefit provisions please refer to the Extended Health and Dental Plan Summary located in your PAWS Account under the Benefit tab.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for the Extended Health and Dental Plans please refer to the ASPA Collective Agreement – Article 12 or contact Darcy Hryn – Bird at


No 3.5% wage cut? Sask. unions say they’ll believe it when they see it

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM CT

Unions with their eyes warily cast on future contract-bargaining sessions are reacting mutedly to the news that the Saskatchewan government will not achieve an across-the-board 3.5 per cent wage cut this fiscal year.  READ MORE

2017 Flexible Spending Allocation Deadline

The deadline for ASPA members to allocate their 2017 Flexible Spending Program (FSP) amount is December 31, 2016.

To allocate your funds, please visit the Flexible Spending Program page in PAWS. If you miss the deadline, your allocation will remain the same as the previous year and cannot be changed due to CRA regulations.

Remember to use any remaining funds from the 2016 calendar year before December 31, 2017, or the unused credit will be forfeited and revert back to the University of Saskatchewan.  READ MORE

Government ordered to pay lawyers for being on – call

ASPA Pizza Social

When: Thursday November 23rd 12:00-1:00

Where: 1005 Education Bldg (Student Lounge).

Please be sure to RSVP by November 21, 2017 to ensure we accommodate everyone.  Gluten Free and Vegan options will be available.  RSVP to ASPA at

ASPA Engagement Committee

‘It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the government’: First public sector union rejects 3.5 per cent wage rollback

Around 81 per cent of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2067 members voted against the contract on Oct. 16, said Larry Hubich, whose organization represents around 100,000 unionized workers in the province.  READ MORE