Safety Awards

Written by Karen E. Mosier

We are pleased to announce that Mark Boyd, Vicki Keeler, Heather Neufeld, Chris O’Grady and Angela Selo were the co-winners of the 2020 University of Saskatchewan’s annual Safety Recognition Award. This recognition was given to these Health Sciences Lab Managers for their outstanding work over the past year. They were recognized as influencers who affect all levels of research and help exemplify that research can be both productive and safe.

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Bargaining Updates

Bargaining – Mediation/Conciliation Update

Dawn Giesbrecht, ASPA Co – Lead Negotiator

I am writing to update you on the status of ASPA and U of S collective agreement renewal bargaining which included mediation/conciliation meetings over the last three days; May 5, 6 and 7.

As you may already know, the employer declared an impasse in bargaining on March 5th. This activated the requirement for mediation/conciliation under the Saskatchewan Employment Act and the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety appointed Mr. Kevin Eckert, Senior Labour Relations Officer, to work with both parties in an effort to find a bargaining settlement and end to the bargaining impasse.

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Member Highlights

ASPA Member Highlight – Jocelyn Orb, Manager, Student Wellness Centre, Teaching, Learning, and Student Experience

Written by Karen E. Mosier

Jocelyn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan 1998, Bachelor of Science in Arts (Environmental Studies and Political Science double major) from the University of Victoria in 2003 and a Masters in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005.  

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Member Interest Articles

Why Grit Matters in the Workplace

Written by Karen E. Mosier

You can always find people that no matter what the circumstances and bad breaks, they seem to be able to roll with the punches and stand up and get on with their life. Grit is simply persistence and fortitude to persevere no matter what and succeed. Grit has been shown to be more important that IQ, social intelligence, attractiveness and charisma.

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ASPA Updates, Did You Know?

Temporary Layoffs

Written by Darcy Hryn-Bird, ASPA Member Services Officer

As you are probably aware the University of Saskatchewan (the employer) announced on April 28th how they will manage their workforce moving forward.  You should have received an email from People and Resources outlining their plans.

The people leaders in your area will be reviewing the work that is being done in your area over the upcoming days.   The employer identified in this communication that  “Staff working in essential campus operations will continue, some work in isolated areas of campus or sites outside the main campus may partially re-start, and work that can be done remotely will continue to be done off-campus.” 

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Labour in the News

Temporary Layoffs at University of Saskatchewan Could Kick off on May 4

Guy Quenneville
 · CBC News · Posted: Apr 28, 2020 3:56 PM CT

The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon says it’s preparing to temporarily lay off an unspecified number of employees as operations continue to slow under the current restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

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Labour in the News

University of Regina Enrolment up Despite Online-Only Classes


The University of Regina’s spring/summer semester will be solely delivered via remote learning, using online resources due to policies enacted to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Even though this is a big change from learning in the classroom, registration for the upcoming semester has actually increased eight per cent from this time last year.

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ASPA Updates

2020 List of Executive Nominations with Biographies


Karen E. Mosier is a Research Coordinator for the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine. Karen has her BA in Psychology and MSc in Pharmacy. Karen has over fourteen years’ experience in research administration at the University of Saskatchewan. 

Karen was the ASPA representative on the Non-Academic Pension and Benefits Committee for 3 years until it was disbanded in June 2019. Karen has been on the ASPA communications committee since April 2018. In August 2019, she stepped up to chair two combined committees to form the Communications & Public Relations Committee. Karen has written 21 ASPA member highlights and 13-member interest articles for the ASPA Advocate website. Karen is also a member of the Canadian Association of Research Administrators. She is the co-leader of the CARA Member Engagement Committee and has written 30 articles for the CARA Connection newsletter. Karen recently published her first book entitled “Soft Skills and Professional Tips for the Office”.

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