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Interested in pursuing Graduate Business education? Tuition for the GDBA program is 100% waived for APSA members
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Abelseth, Laila Marie  Officer, Safety Operations      New to SFU     FAS Office of the Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences   Abdelrazik, Nouran Mamdouh Abdelshafi Residence Life Coordinator
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Each month, our APSA Advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies and how they’re applied. Questions? Submit them anonymously here. Hello, I'm Laya Behbahani, an advocate on APSA's Advocacy Committee. On behalf of the Committee, I'm answering your questions about your benefits and tuition waiver.  
According to Google Analytics, my most popular "Conversations with the President" article to date was the one on "Free Stuff and Discounts," so I thought I'd be dramatic when titling this post.
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA participated in the Colin Taylor mediation, which took place on January 18 -22, 2021. We also have one other arbitration on inappropriate discipline. Unfortunately, we can't disclose any details of the member arbitration due to confidentiality issues. 
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Here is the Advocacy Committee Chair, Wanda Dekleva, to answer some of your questions about workplace issues.
2021: Hold my beer. Since our AGM at the end of November and my last “Conversations with the President,” it seems like the world has taken two steps backwards instead of one step forward:
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a month-long series of engagement opportunities hosted by the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO) in collaboration with SFU and FIC partners every January. The purpose of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to empower SFU and FIC students, faculty, and staff to engage with this complex topic in meaningful ways.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Adlakha, Sumit Information Technology Professional II New to SFU Project Management Office IT Services   Kroeker, Lori Michele Budget and Financial Analyst
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is currently preparing for two arbitrations, the Colin Taylor Award arbitration, which will begin on January 18, 2021, and one other arbitration on inappropriate discipline. We can't disclose any details of the member arbitration due to confidentiality issues. 
1. Vacation time AD 10.8 You now have access to your yearly vacation allotment. Here's a table below for reference. Number of Calendar Years of Employment Length of Vacation Entitlement Zero (0) to Seven (7) years
I remember once, when I was very young, I went on a backpacking trip with my father. As great as it was to be with my dad, the trip was cold, rain-filled and miserable. On our last night, I lay tossing and turning in my sleeping bag willing the sun to rise, so that we could break camp and flee for home.
Each month, our APSA Advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies and how they’re applied.
APSA is pleased to announce the new officers for the APSA Board of Directors. David Agosti was voted in as the 2021 president of APSA, Arlette Stewart was voted in as the new vice-president and Jasper Stoodley is your 2021 treasurer. Please take a moment to congratulate all the appointees. We know that they are dedicated and will be working hard for the interests of APSA members.  
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Bhunnoo, Ziad Business Systems Analyst New to SFU     Lifelong IT Services Lifelong Learning Unit   Chen, Winnie Research Accounting Analyst New to SFU
AGM APSA recently held its Annual General Meeting on November 24, 2020. It was held virtually on Zoom with just under 200 members attending. We discussed this year of COVID-19, advocacy and bargaining issues, our budget and more. Please read the 2020 AGM minutes for more details.
We've got you covered on what happened at the meeting.
Before heading off on holidays, have you taken note of these year-end items? Paid leave – Christmas closure AD 10.08 Once again, the University will be closed from December 25 - January 1. Continuing members will be paid for December 25 - January 1. Temporary members will be paid for December 25 - January 1 if the last day of your temporary appointment is after Christmas closure.
The Graduate Liberal Studies Program offered by SFU is an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. This is a part-time program, for working or otherwise busy adults, with classes offered during evening and weekend hours at SFU's downtown campus. Students have 3 – 4 years to complete their MA, either through coursework or thesis options.
When the pandemic hit in mid-March, many of you faced uncertain times. You weren’t sure how long the situation would last, and although some of you had home offices, others worked on laptops while sitting on the sofa. That was eight months ago, and we're all taking time to adjust to the new normal. Although some of you have returned to the workplace, many of you are still working partly or entirely from home.
Nothing outlasts the Energizer bunny, well, except... "This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather." —Phil, Groundhog Day
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Ang, Kevin Edward      Service Desk Analyst   Temporary Promotion            Vancouver Campus IT Services           Vancouver Campus   Campbell, Alice           
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is currently preparing for three arbitrations, the Colin Taylor Award arbitration and two other arbitrations, one involving human rights and another on inappropriate discipline. We can't disclose any details of the member arbitration due to confidentiality issues.
Each month, our APSA Advocates answer your questions about workplace challenges, the AD 10 policies and how they’re applied.
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." — Inigo Montoya The Princess Bride And that word is... professional development. Technically that's two words, but I'm sitting here at my home computer in "Presidential Detention" (because I missed writing last month's article) looking at my workload, my home office, and contemplating my life and career choices.
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
Are you working on campus? As face masks are now required in all indoor spaces on campus, and we'd like to give you a free mask on us! Drop by these locations to pick up a mask. (We are not able to send masks through the mail). Burnaby October 14, 2020 AQ 5135, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (We have 100 masks).
APSA members, please welcome your new board members As we had four nominees and four vacancies for the board, there was no voting this year. These new board members will be joining APSA's board of directors on November 24, 2020. Erica AndersonProgram and Finance Coordinator | Faculty of Environment      
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Bagambiire, Mugaya  Student Recruiter       New Appointment      Beedie Graduate Programs    Beedie School of Business   Chan, Hermine            Writing Services Coordinator 
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.