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History of SFU

The Simon Fraser University Administrative and Professional Staff Association (APSA) was incorporated under the BC Society Act in 1980 to provide representation for the group of employees at SFU whose employment was not covered by a collective agreement.

1983 – Basic Agreement For Collective Bargaining and Consultation Signed

The Basic Agreement for Collective Bargaining and Consultation between SFU and APSA established APSA as the sole representative for all members of the Association group. The Agreement established formal procedures for compensation matters and administrative/professional personnel policies for APSA members.

1993 – Amendment to Basic Agreement

An amendment to the Basic Agreement resulted in the inclusion of binding arbitration in the event of an impasse during negotiations for compensation matters. This amendment allowed APSAto  be entitled to the same rights and privileges to arbitration as are granted to the Faculty Association. Another amendment changed quorum to 30 members for the Annual General Meeting.

1997/98 – Appendix G

The difference between a representative group such as APSA, which falls under contract law, and a certified union under the Labour Code became evident in the late 90’s. As a result of the 1997/98 contract negotiations with CUPE Local 3338, the University agreed to review 22 APSA positions that CUPE claimed rightfully belonged within its jurisdiction. The University and CUPE came to agreement on 11 of the positions and umpire John Kinzie ultimately awarded 6 of the remaining disputed positions to CUPE.

2000 - PEA Certification Drive

In response to the raid, the APSA Board filed a grievance and attempted to proceed to arbitration but was denied standing at the Labour Relations Board. After membership meetings, and meetings with the University of Victoria Professional Employees Association (PEA), a certification drive was undertaken in 2000. The drive failed, and to present day, CUPE continues to challenge numerous APSA positions. The University continues to defend the positions as APSA positions.

Early 2000 – AD 9 Policies Amended

Although not covered by a collective agreement, APSA members have formal terms and conditions of employment embodied in the AD 10 Policies. The Policies set out the responsibilities, rights, and terms and conditions of employment for APSA staff and apply only to APSA members. Changes to these policies fall under the purview of the Joint University/Association Committee (JUAC). The development of new policies must be done in consultation with Association. The AD 10 Policies also provide access to problem resolution processes, including grievances and arbitration.


Two additional Area Directors were added to the Executive Committee to accommodate the growth in membership due, in large part, to the addition of the Vancouver campus (1989) and the Surrey campus (2006).