Written by John Costa on behalf of the Research Committee
Last January, ASPA members responded to ASPA’s 1 Minute survey on social media. Over 320 ASPA members participated with the vast majority of reporting overwhelming support for the current method of communication – email (96.8%) and website (57%) with Facebook coming in a distant third with 18.50% support.
When asked which social media tools respondents use, Facebook and LinkedIn were ranked among the most visited platforms with YouTube coming a close third. Reddit was the most cited social media site not listed (Website, E-mail, Texting, Hard Copy Newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn). Read More
The Supreme Court of Canada has declared the right to strike to be fundamental and protected by the Constitution, thus handing organized labour its second stunning victory this month.
The 5-2 ruling has wide implications across Canada for governments that limit the right of public-sector workers and others to strike.
Following a ruling that said Mounties and other Canadian workers have the right to unionize to protect their interests, the court has revolutionized Canadian labour law.
Saskatchewan had warned the court that the right to strike would be a change of “seismic proportions,” and several provinces had intervened to argue against that right, in support of laws that limit the right of public workers deemed essential to walk off the job. READ MORE
The Canadian Press ·
A union representing Ontario couriers delivering packages for Amazon.com Inc., are alleging the e-commerce giant engaged in unfair labour practices that resulted in the termination of employees, the closure of one courier company’s Mississauga operations and the bankruptcy of another.
In a series of applications filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board in July, initially reported on by The Logic, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Canada Local 175 accused Amazon subsidiary Amazon Canada Fulfillment Services Inc., of using its control over sub-contractors to create a “chilling effect” meant to influence them to not “support, assist or co-operate with” the organization of a union. READ MORE
Written by Karen E. Mosier
LaVina Watts has worked on campus for over 12 years, having held 4 positions. LaVina’s current position gives her the opportunity to work with departments and faculty members to form new partnerships with international universities, and to create international study programs. Her primary duty is to support the offering of courses/programs within an existing degree programs, to allow Arts & Science students to study abroad and get credit for their course work. This work includes assisting faculty with course development, assisting with safety plans, looking under every rock for student funding, and reassuring students that the extra effort to participate in a study abroad program will be more than worth it in the end. Read More
Contract talks between the University of Saskatchewan and the union representing its support workers have broken down, paving the way for a possible job action.
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1975 and the U of S began mediation in the fall, after the union gave its bargaining committee a strike mandate. READ MORE
By Karen E. Mosier – Reprinted with permission. Original printed in CARA Connection Newsletter Vol 4 Issue 5 Sept 2016
I have worked in research administration for 13 years. Time flies by quickly. I wish someone would have told me to think of the big picture when I started my first job and to keep my career path in mind instead of focusing only on the job at hand. Read More
Written by Karen E. Mosier
Carla Zorn has worked on campus in the College of Medicine Dean’s Office for 12 years. She has a secretarial certificate. Carla works with faculty in the College of Medicine regarding annual reviews, tenure & promotion, salary review, and to ensure these collegial processes occur in a timely manner and proceed to the Vice Provost Faculty Affairs office. The College of Medicine has 15 departments, so Carla is regularly in communication with the Department Heads and their support staff to notify them of timelines, to assist with the processes and/or to answer queries for faculty-related topics. She also assists in processing appointments for new and existing faculty in the College of Medicine. The College currently has over 1800 faculty appointments. Read More
· CBC News ·
The site of the bloodiest clash of Winnipeg’s 1919 General Strike is set to be cast in bronze and glass — and illuminated.
A tilted and half-sunken streetcar is being designed and constructed as part of a permanent art installation that will be placed at the corner of Main Street and Market Avenue, in front of Pantages Playhouse Theatre.
It will be steps away from the exact spot of the climactic, violent scene that underscored a defining moment in Canada’s history. READ MORE
Written by Darcy Hryn-Bird, ASPA Member Services Officer
The results of a recent ASPA member survey showed that 66% (of those who responded) of ASPA members are graduates of the University of Saskatchewan. This means that you have been given a usask.ca email account which is yours for life.
Although this is a really good bonus, this is also the email address that you are using during your employment at the University. This creates some challenges should your employment relationship with the University end for some reason, particularly if you use the usask.ca email for your personal use.
Should your employment relationship with the University end for whatever reason your usask.ca email address will be deactivated. There will be an out of office message put on your account saying that you no longer work at the University. However, we have had instances, after a member’s departure, where the employer has forwarded incoming messages to another individual in the same unit. ASPA has asked that this does not happen but we have seen “email forwarding” occur in a couple of cases. ASPA will continue to advocate that emails should not be forwarded as we believe that this is a breach of your privacy. Read More