Tentative Agreement FAQ’s

How long is the term of the Agreement?

It is a three-year agreement May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2022.

Are there any retroactive payments?

No, there is no retroactive payments even though our agreement expired over a year ago.

Is there a signing bonus?

Yes, there is a signing bonus of $2500.

This will be paid in two allocations.  The first is on December 15, 2020 ($1000) and the other is on May 15, 2021 ($1500).

Do I have to be employed still to receive the signing bonus?

Yes, in order to be eligible to receive the signing bonus, you needed to be an active member as of September 11, 2020 and also still active in the pay cycle prior to the pay cycle in which the bonus(s) are paid.

If I am on a leave of absence, temporary or seasonal layoff as of Sept. 11, 2020 would I receive the signing bonus?

Yes, you would be considered eligible for the signing bonus but would receive the actual allocation upon your return or the date of the respective allocation date(s) (Dec 15, 2020 and May 15, 2021), whichever is later.

What happens if I am on a leave of absence, temporary or seasonal layoff over either of the two allocation dates for the signing bonus?  Will I get the signing bonus?

Yes, if you were actively employed on Sept. 11, 2020, you would receive the respective signing bonus amount upon your return.

Is the signing bonus prorated to my FTE?

Yes, the signing bonus you will receive is prorated to your FTE if you work less than full time.

I am casual am I eligible for the signing bonus?

No, unfortunately you are not

If I leave the University prior to either of the signing bonus allocation dates (Dec 15, 2020 or May 15, 2021) would I still get the signing bonus?

No, unfortunately you would not.  In order to be eligible for the signing bonus you need to have been an active member on September 11, 2020 and still be an active member the pay cycle prior to the pay cycle that the signing bonus is to be paid out in.

Will there still be a target point as part of the salary range?

No, we will not have a target point anymore.  The salary range will be broken down into four (4) quartiles.

This is an example of what the salary range of a Phase 2 Specialist Professional would look like using the current range broken into quartiles:

1st quartile2nd quartile3rd quartile4th quartile
$62,850 – $71,688.75$71,688.76 – $80,527.50$80,527.51 – $89,366.25$89,336.26 – $98,205

On May 1, of each year you will receive an increment ranging from 0.5% – 2% depending on the quartile you are in.

What are the increment percentages for each quartile?

1st quartile – 2%

2nd quartile – 1.5%

3rd quartile – 1.0%

4th quartile – 0.5%

 Would there ever be an occasion where I wouldn’t receive an increment?

Yes, there are potentially two times when you might not receive an increment: 1) you are at the top of the salary range or 2) the employer has withheld the increment because the employer believed that your performance was considered unsatisfactory (Article 9.5).

 Is there still an adds to base Merit?

No, Merit will now only be provided as a lump sum allocation.

 Who is eligible for Merit?

Article 9.6.2 of the Agreement isn’t changing but now the pool of potential candidates has expanded.  That pool has moved from 60% of the membership to 100%.

Is there a limit to the amount of Merit that one person can receive?

Yes, one could only receive up to a maximum of 8% of your current salary as a lump sum.

Are there any across the board increases?

Yes, on May 1, 2021 all ASPA members will receive a 1.5% increase to base salary up to the max of the salary range.  The salary ranges will also be increased by 2%.

 Has there been any changes to our benefits?

Yes, some slight changes Eye exam coverage increase to $150 and maximums for Psychologists/Social Workers increases to $2000/year.  This coverage has also expanded to include psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical counsellors.  There is a combined max of $2000/year for these paraprofessionals per person/year.

Any changes in Pension?

Yes, employee and employer contributions will increase to 7.0% the first of the month following ratification of the tentative agreement.

I am 66 years old do I have access to Salary Continuance?

Yes, if you meet the eligibility requirements for salary continuance in Article 12. 5 you would continue to have access to sick leave and short-term disability until you were 67.  You would not however have access to long term disability.

I have 19 years’ service with the University will I be eligible for the Retirement Recognition.

No, only those who at the date of the signing of the new agreement who have met the 20 years and 25 years of service threshold will be eligible to retain the retirement recognition as per Article 12.13 of the Agreement.

 When is the ratification vote going to take place?

Ratification will take place from October 13, 2020 – 0001 until October 19, 2020 – 2400

Is the ratification vote going to be done electronically?

Yes, we have hired an outside company, Simply Voting to manage the vote.  For more information about the Evote process please go here.