ASPA Advocate

Interested in Bargaining?

Have you ever wondered how a Collective Agreement gets negotiated and would you like to learn more or perhaps be a member of the ASPA Bargaining team?

ASPA is looking for a few good people. No previous experience is required.  We are looking for ASPA members with diverse strengths and from multiple areas of campus. Read More

Links to Other Unions

Links to other bargaining units on campus.

CUPE 1975:

CUPE 3287:


Resident Docs of Saskatchewan (RDoS):

PSAC – Local 40004 (Union of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Workers UGPW)):

Pizza Social a success!

Here are a few pictures from the event.  Stay tuned for more 40th Anniversary celebrations throughout the year.

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ASPA 40th Anniversary Pizza Social


When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 , 11:45am – 1pm

Where:  Atrium of Health Science Building, D Wing

Please RSVP by registering for a ticket at to ensure we can accommodate everyone.   Also, please indicate preferences for Gluten Free or Vegan options.

We hope you can make it!

ASPA 40th Anniversary Committee


Union Dues

As an ASPA member you pay monthly Union dues.  The dues ensure that ASPA can effectively advocate on behalf of its members, by bargaining and protecting their rights and benefits in the Collective Agreement. Dues also fund the day to day operations of the organization.

More specifically, your dues pay for things like the salary and benefits of the ASPA staff, and for legal expenses at arbitration and Labour Relation Board hearings. Other ASPA expenses covered by dues include website maintenance, various subscriptions or membership fees (survey monkey, Lancaster House, CIRA), auditor fees, legal fees, bargaining related costs (education, hiring of external negotiator, research) and allocations to the contingency fund, to name a few.

Please note that your union dues are tax deductible from your annual income. Read More

Media gets it wrong on Bank of Canada minimum wage study

Over a million workers in Ontario just got a big raise thanks to tireless, bottom-up orgainizing, but if you look to the media it’s a bad news story. The same, tired headlines are back. Yesterday, the CBC ran a story titled, “Minimum wage hikes could cost Canada’s economy 60,000 jobs by 2019”. Today, the Toronto Star’s front page blared, “Wage hike could cost 60,000 jobs, Bank of Canada says”. Read More

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