Message sent on August 24, 2020

Dear APSA Members,
We want to give you an update about developments in our negotiations with the University.
We sent notice to the University on July 30, 2020, that we’d like to commence formal bargaining negotiations per our Basic Agreement. On August 6, 2020, the University declined to begin formal bargaining citing a rationale that our legal counsel has advised us is legally incorrect. We have filed a formal grievance against the University’s refusal to begin formal bargaining and we will pursue all options available to us to reach a fair agreement.   
We will continue to keep you informed as new developments arise.
Best wishes,
Jo-Anne Ray
Chair, Salaries and Benefits Committee