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.
For those who aren't aware of the Colin Taylor Award, why we are going to arbitration and why this is a crucial case for our membership, see the AGM report from the Total Compensation Review Committee. You can read the results of the 2014 arbitration and the contents of the award itself.
APSA is representing numerous members with grievances on bullying and harassment. We can't give any details due to confidentiality issues. Please see this infographic on the Life of a Grievance to learn more about how the grievance process works.
The University has refused to formally bargain with APSA, and we are grieving this per our Basic Agreement and have moved forward to arbitration. Jo-Anne Ray, Chair of this committee, will be stepping down from this work. APSA recognizes the exemplary work she has done on our members' behalf for this committee. Kris Nordgren will be assuming the role of chair for this committee.
Please see Jo-Anne's latest update on bargaining and the bargaining FAQs. For more information on how bargaining works, see this infographic on Collective Bargaining. APSA has spoken to PSEC regarding the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate and the scope of that funding for our members.
Hours of Work
The University has sent out communication on Hours of Work. SFU has not negotiated new policy language for AD 10.13, and APSA is not in agreement with the current interim process. We will be pursuing updated policy language and clarifying what the Employment Standards Act says about managers vs. non-managers and other processes that do not align with the Employment Standards Act in our bargaining process. Here is the latest communication from APSA regarding Hours of Work.
There has been no further information on the pension amendments. APSA is still in favour of the amended changes outlined in 2018 by the EJPC and will continue to advocate towards getting a plan that best serves our entire membership. For how your pension plan works, please see this infographic on our pension structure.