Agreement FAQ’s

How long is the term of the Agreement?

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

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.

When do I receive an increment?

On May 1, of each year you will receive an increment ranging from 0.5% – 2%, up to the maximum of the salary range 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%

This is what the Salary Ranges will look like as of May 1, 2021:

In what order does the across the board and increments get applied?

The across the board increase gets applied first and then the increment.  

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?

If you are in the same position in the same department as of November 1, of the current fiscal year you would be eligible for Merit. There is no cap on the number of members eligible for Merit.

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.

What is the dollar amount of the Merit pool?

The Merit pool is 1% of the ASPA annual salary.

When do we receive an across the board increase?

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

What is my eye exam coverage?

As of November 1, 2020, my eye exam coverage is $150 every two years.

What is my coverage for Psychologist/Social Workers?

As of November 1, 2020, Psychologists/Social Workers coverage is $2000/year.  This coverage has also includes psychotherapists, marriage and family therapists, and clinical counsellors.  There is a combined max of $2000/year for these paraprofessionals per person/year.

Does the coverage amount increase for any of the other paramedical providers ?

No, the rest will still remain at $350/year/provider/person.

What is the Pension contributions percentage?

Employee and employer contributions are 7.0% as of November 1, 2020.

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 (Article 20.10) and short-term disability until you are 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 have met the 20 years and 25 years of service threshold as of November 1, 2020 will be eligible to retain the retirement recognition as per Article 12.13 of the Agreement.