ASPA Advocate

Staff at Carleton University, CUPE 2424, ratify agreement

Members of CUPE 2424, staff at Carleton University, were jubilant last night following ratification of a new contract with the university. After a four-week strike, the local got a deal that guarantees a defined benefit pension plan for workers and prevents the university’s board of governors from making changes to the pension unilaterally.  READ MORE

Consider joining the ASPA Executive

There are currently five vacancies on the ASPA Executive. Any ASPA member can submit a nomination form to the ASPA office ahead of the AGM, on April 18, 2018 or be nominated from the floor at the meeting.

·        ASPA requires a full 12 member Executive to function effectively.

·        Typically, ASPA Executive members serve three-year terms, but there are circumstances where shorter terms are in effect.

·        Monthly Executive meetings start with a lunch, which is provided by ASPA, and take on average 2.5 hours. Read More



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Pizza Social – March 22,2018

Here are a few pictures from the Pizza Social.  Thumbs up to Patrick Dice and his crew for organizing another successful event.  Photo credits to John Costa.

Winners of the door prizes were: Greg Thorimbert, Cristina Rus, Pam Cowles and Dave Deutscher.  Congrats!

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Unions are Great!

Check out this great video put out by NUPGE.

Pizza Social

Come celebrate ASPA’s 40th year of service and commitment to the administrative and supervisory personnel at the University of Saskatchewan.

Where: U of S Education 1005 (Students Lounge)

When: Thursday March 22nd 11:45am – 1:00pm

Door prizes include Amazon gift cards.  Enter to win by “following ” the ASPA website at .  Please be sure to select your ticket based on your preference for Variety topping, Gluten Free, or Vegan options.  Representatives from The Office of Sustainability and Student Wellness will be on hand to answer members questions.


Tuition Reimbursement Fund (Application Form available online now)

Immediate family of ASPA members can apply for consideration under the Tuition Reimbursement Fund (TRF), if they are registered students at the University of Saskatchewan.  The eligibility criteria states the following: (for more details refer to Article 12.12 in the Collective Agreement). Closing date for applications is April 30th.

12.12.1 Eligibility Criteria

“The TRF is open to students who are immediate family members (spouses, partners, and children) of Association members’.

 In order to be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed one or more University of Saskatchewan courses that qualify for credit toward a degree or diploma program.”

The Student Finance and Awards, Student and Enrolment Services Division (SESD) at the University administers the fund.

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Labour news update for March 10, 2018

By Evan Johnston

Manitoba Safeway workers vote to strike, Ontario university workers on strike, Tim Hortons workers organize!, Human rights complaint filed against Air Canada


First Annual Byers Makahonuk Lecture

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Union fires back after care home operator deems job action “illegal”

Alex McPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, February 21, 2018

One of Saskatchewan’s largest labour unions is firing back after a Saskatoon group home operator blasted some of its employees for undertaking an “illegal” job action.” READ MORE