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New APSA Members for August Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Brock, Laura K. Coop Education Coordinator Temporary Promotion AVPSI WIL Central Operations
Each month, our advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies, and how they’re applied. Questions? Submit them anonymously here. These questions will be answered in a monthly advocacy corner issue. For an immediate answer, please contact APSA.
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is currently preparing for two arbitrations, the Colin Taylor Award arbitration and one involving human rights. We can't disclose any details of the member arbitration due to confidentiality issues.
Call for Nominations for the APSA Board of Directors   APSA's Board of Directors has four open director positions. Are you interested in applying?   Director position description A director:
New APSA Members for July Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Ashman, Dwayne Alexander Research Project Manager VP Research Operation Admin VPR Vice President Research   Baik, Jay Recruitment, Academic & Student Affairs Advisor Beedie School of Business Undergraduate Program   Buettner, Kim (Temp promotion July 17- July 31)
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is currently preparing for two arbitrations, the Colin Taylor Award arbitration and one involving human rights. We can't disclose any details of the member arbitration due to confidentiality issues.
How do trees join online meetings? They log in. Sorry, that's all I've got this month, but, speaking of meetings...
Each month, our advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies, and how they’re applied. Questions? Submit them anonymously here. These questions will be answered in a monthly advocacy corner issue. For an immediate answer, please contact APSA.
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is currently preparing for two arbitrations, the Colin Taylor Award arbitration and one involving human rights. We can't disclose any details of the member arbitration due to confidentiality issues.
Stardate 3067.2 Personal Log Dr. Bonnie Henry, the XIVth, has announced that socialization in groups of up to 100 people is now permitted, so long as we continue to wear our masks — oxygen and methane breathers alike. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, this pandemic may finally be coming to an end.
Each month, our APSA Advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies and how they’re applied.
We strongly advise that you have an APSA representative with you for any Manulife meetings about your long-term disability claims and your return to work issues. An advocate will ensure your rights are robustly represented. You can contact APSA or request an APSA representative for several types of meetings, including:
New APSA Members: June Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members. Armos, Nicole   Analyst, Knowledge & Practice External Relations Administrator External Relations   Benkrima, Laila
Joti Muker, a senior advisor for the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, recently graduated with a master's degree of applied legal sciences. Her determination, grit and unwavering support from family and managers helped her realize her dream.
Results from Hours of Work Grievance SFU has agreed to fully compensate two APSA members on an hour-for-hour basis for extra hours (overtime) worked. The members were compensated either by time off in lieu or monetarily. SFU has acknowledged that the time-in-lieu documents imposed by the leadership involved were invalid.
Each month, our APSA Advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies and how they’re applied.
APSA is continuing discussions with the University to come to an agreement during these challenging times — an agreement that is in your best interests. We are committed to working collaboratively with the University to achieve this. If an agreement can't be reached, we will proceed to formal bargaining. Your Salary and Benefits Committee will continue to keep you updated.
Hello, I'm Andrew Boden, APSA's Executive Director and an advocate on our Advocacy Committee. I'm answering your questions related to our AD 10 policies. Questions? Submit them anonymously here. These questions will be answered in a future monthly advocacy corner issue. For an immediate answer, please contact us.
Here are some quick updates on current issues: Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is currently preparing for three arbitrations, the Colin Taylor Award arbitration and two individual member arbitrations: one on hours of work and another on human rights. We can't disclose any details of these member arbitrations due to confidentiality issues.
During these times of quarantine and pandemic, people often take the opportunity to reflect. How much toilet paper does the average person use in a month? Should I change out of my pajamas before noon? And most importantly... what is APSA?
As social distancing is in effect, our plans for APSA professional development have had to change. We are planning your APSA online workshops and will announce these as they become available. Also, thank you to our members who gave us ideas for workshops that you would like to see from us. We are considering all your suggestions. In the meantime, we've curated some workshops that may be of interest to you from LinkedIn Learning, edX and Coursera.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to participate in our annual member survey. Here are the results of this year's survey. A few members asked for answers to specific questions, please contact APSA directly as we require more information from you to answer these questions. Your call or email is confidential. We would also like to congratulate the winner of our draw for a $25 Amazon Gift Card...
During these times, you're stepping up and doing your part to reduce the effects of COVID-19. You've been working hard to keep SFU running and engaged. You're leading teams, moving the University to remote teaching and learning and communicating our new normal during this pandemic. All of you have shown strength, productivity and agility.
Here are some quick updates on current issues: Colin Taylor Award APSA and the University are returning to arbitration. Due to personal circumstances, Colin Taylor will not be the arbitrator. Both the University and APSA have agreed to Robert Pekeles as the arbitrator instead. The earliest date to begin arbitration is January 2021. Other Arbitrations APSA and the University are going to arbitration on a case regarding hours of work.
As I write this, COVID-19 continues to provide challenges to all of us in both our work lives and especially our personal lives. On a personal level, I find there is a fine line between prudence and paranoia... between too much and just enough information... between things that are relevant to me and things that are not.
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 polices (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Here is the Advocacy Committee Chair, Wanda Dekleva, to answer some of your questions about workplace issues.
  * Please note, medical notes for COVID-19 and flu symptoms are waived at this time.
Last year, our volunteers worked tirelessly on improving your terms and conditions of employment. They have attended countless meetings and worked on creating proposals, writing negotiation points, meeting with senior administration and defending members via phone calls and email. In honour of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), help us celebrate our 39 dedicated and hard-working volunteers. If you know any of these volunteers, please thank them by sending them an email to express your gratitude for the work they do on your behalf.  
Dear APSA members, In light of the orders of BC and Vancouver health officials concerning COVID-19, the staff at the APSA office are doing the majority of their work remotely. We are still available to support you, our members, so do not hesitate to contact us either by phone (778.782.5423) or email (apsa@sfu.ca, assist@sfu.ca, apsacomm@sfu.ca) with anything related to your terms and conditions of employment.