ASPA Advocate

ASPA Service Awards

Since 2016 ASPA has been recognizing members for their years of service within ASPA.  ASPA recognizes those members who have reached a milestone year of as of December 31 each year.    This year ASPA will be recognizing 137 members who have been on campus for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years.  We would like to thank you for all of your work.  To see a complete list of names continue reading.

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40th Anniversary Monthly Pizza Social


Where: Health Sciences D wing Atrium

When: Thursday April 26th  12pm – 1:00pm

Please be sure to sign up early and save a spot by registering for a ticket and selecting your food preference for Variety, Gluten Free, or Vegan.


It is that time of year again.  Every year at this time people’s thoughts turn to Merit.   What is it and how do I get it?

Merit is outlined in the Collective Agreement (Article 9.5).  Merit is awarded in either a lump sum or an “add to base” allocation to ASPA members when their “proficiency, growth and levels of performance are considerably better than what is viewed as normal and recognizes exceptional contributions.”

It is intended that up to 60% of eligible ASPA members will be awarded a merit award in any given year with approximately two thirds receiving base salary merit increase and the other one third receiving lump sum bonuses.

Eligibility for Merit requires that a member “must be in the same position, in the same department as of November 1 of the current fiscal year” (Article 9.6.2).  Neither your individual status nor the status of the position you are in determine your eligibility for Merit.

The exact merit process depends on the unit/department/college that you are working in.  Most units/departments/colleges have their own process.  As a general comment however it is the ASPA member’s responsibility to submit documentation to their supervisor in order to be considered for merit.  You should speak to your supervisor about when this documentation needs to be submitted by and what the exact process is.  Your unit/department/college will need to provide Human Resources the names of those selected for Merit by June 15th.

For more information on Merit or to access the forms please go to:  or contact ASPA’s Member Services Officer at or 306-966-7392.

University’s expanded Retirees Association welcomes new members

By Judith Rice Henderson, USRA Membership Chair

When you leave the University of Saskatchewan for other employment or retirement, would you like to stay in touch with the campus and/or your former co-workers?  Consider joining the University of Saskatchewan Retirees Association (USRA) by applying for a free first year of membership (a $20 value) or by taking out a Life Membership (with fees prorated by age).  USRA is now the University’s only retirees association, having welcomed as Life Members during the 2017-18 academic year the membership of the recently dissolved University of Saskatchewan Non-Academic Retirees Association (USNARA).

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Elmwood Residences failed to provide evidence strike would harm residents

The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board dismissed the request eight days later. In a written decision published this week, the three-member panel said Elmwood had an arguable case but failed to demonstrate that the “very circumscribed” strike launched in mid-February could cause “potentially … READ MORE

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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