ASPA Advocate

Incentivized Exit Program/Voluntary Exit Program (VEP)

It is probably safe to say that most people were aware that the University offered an Incentivized Exit Program, which also became known as the Voluntary Exit Program (VEP) at the end of May to all ASPA members.  We are now able to report on some of the numbers associated with the Program: Read More

Province-wide strike at Ontario’s colleges begins second week

 Meagan Gillmore

Picketers from Fanshawe College in London, Ont., at the start of the strike in support of college professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians. Photo: Erin E. MacDonald/Twitter

Classes remain cancelled at Ontario’s 24 publicly funded colleges.

More than 12,000 professors, instructors, counsellors and librarians took to the picket lines on October 16, after the Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) and the College Employer Council failed to reach a new agreement.

The two sides were in negotiations throughout the summer.  READ MORE

2017 Retirees Lunch

The 2017 ASPA Retirees lunch was held on September 28th. Celebrating this year were:

Grace Milashenko, Lori Nizinkevich, Bohdan Pylypec, Diane Nordick, Rosalie Sulik, Carol Lockhart, Jeanette McKee.

Also in the photo Peter Krebs (ASPA President)

ASPA Retiress 28 Sep 2017

Phone searches at the Border

Canada’s privacy commissioner ‘very concerned’ about US border phone searches

CBC.ca

Canada’s privacy czar says Canadians should be “very concerned” about their cellphones, computers and other electronic devices being searched by … Read More

President’s Message

August is coming to a close, and this presents an occasion to reflect on the not-quite-yet-done summer, and to anticipate the upcoming academic year.

I would like to welcome back all of our colleagues who had the opportunity to take some restful vacation over the summer months.  As the seasons change, a new academic year is about to begin, and soon our campus will see new and returning students, and there will be an increased excitement and busyness in the air.

To kick off the new academic year, ASPA together with other unions on campus is hosting the second annual free pancake breakfast in the Bowl, on September 7, 7:30 – 10:00am.  There will be lots of information about the employee unions, many giveaways, and a “door” prize. Please visit the ASPA Advocate (website) for more information. Read More

Pancake Breakfast

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In unprecedented move, Sask. Party government rejects labour appointment to LRB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 4, 2017

In a letter dated July 31, 2017, the Deputy Minister for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Mike Carr, wrote to the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) informing us that Minister Don Morgan has confirmed the Sask. Party government is denying a labour appointment to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB). This circumstance marks a troubling new precedent of the provincial government hand-picking labour representatives, even if those representatives do not have the support of the group they represent. Read more

Sask. Party government cites conflict in denying SFL president spot on labour relations board

The Saskatchewan Party government is refusing to allow the president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) a seat on the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB).

Larry Hubich was nominated to sit on the board by the Saskatchewan Building Trades Council, the organization that recommends members to the board along with the SFL.

The SLRB is an independent tribunal responsible for making rulings on disputes related to labour legislation in the province.  Read more

Ontario’s $15 minimum wage

HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE $15

By Nick Day

The backlash from employers and their lobbies over Ontario’s $15 minimum wage announcement has been loud but monotone. Their refrain: small businesses simply can’t afford to pay $15/hour. This increase will kill businesses or force them to cut jobs, which will ultimately hurt their low-wage workers – those very workers who are today struggling to get by on $11.40/h, $9.90/h for liquor servers. Read more!

Salary Continuance

Did you know that salary continuance is made up of both a short term disability (STD) and long term disability (LTD) plan?  The STD plan is for medical absences from one (1) to ninety (90) days in length. LTD is medical absences of greater than ninety (90) days.

On May 1, 2017 the employer made a change to how ASPA member’s STD plan is being delivered: the University has contracted Lifemark Health Group to administer ASPA’s and all other STD plans on campus.   ASPA has filed a policy grievance to address some concerns that we have with this new process.  To date, the Faculty Association has also filed a grievance on this matter.  At this point it is unknown how long it will take to get resolution to the grievance or what that might look like but here is what we do know: Read More

‘Maybe the 78 departures will put the university close to the target’: ASPA boss optimistic U of S layoffs can be avoided

Alex MacPherson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

BESTPHOTO  SASKATOON,SK--MAY 25/2017-0526 news u of s- Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) union president Peter Krebs stands for a photography in his office on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)
Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix
The head of a union representing about 1,100 administrative staff at the University of Saskatchewan expects the cash-strapped institution to accept most, if not all, of the 78 applications for voluntary buyout packages it received after announcing plans to reduce its compensation costs this year.

Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) president Peter Krebs said while the U of S has not outlined its cost-cutting targets in response to the Saskatchewan Party government’s 2017-18 austerity budget, he hopes the higher than expected number of applications will prevent any staff from getting pink slips.  Read More…