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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org) with anything related to your terms and conditions of employment.
March 17, 2020 As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we understand that this is an uncertain time for you, our members. The Government of Canada has considerably increased its response to the pandemic. APSA is in close communication with the University to safeguard you, our membership, and the broader SFU community. We hope that you have received the ongoing communications sent by SFU. The most recent one is copied below.