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APSA is holding a member appreciation event! Come gather together and chat with the APSA board, staff and each other! This event is open to all APSA members. Date: Thursday, August 8, 2024 Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: The Study, Burnaby Campus If you're interested in attending, please register here.
You must submit these receipts from 2023 by June 30, 2024, to get reimbursed for prescription drugs and other extended health.
Please warmly welcome these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Amin, Jay Dipenkumar Coordinator, Operations & Guest Services Temporary Promotion Residences      Associate VP, Students   Chaudhary, Vinisha Coordinator, Research Grants & Projects
SFU Budget On April 16, the University sent a message to all staff on their financial challenges and presented their forecasted balanced budget for 2024-2025 in their 2024–25 Budget Book. SFU has released their actuals for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, which we are including here. 
APSA and SFU negotiated the Basic Agreement from January 15 to 19 and February 1 and were in mediation from April 15 to 17. Chris Sullivan, the mediator, released mediated recommendations on May 16, which the APSA board of directors approved. The amendments will now go to the APSA members for ratification.
A Question of Trust June 11, 2024
Tess Williams, a former APSA board director, is a member of Vancouver's Rainbow Week of Action organizing committee. You can learn more about this upcoming event on May 17, which is also the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Please warmly welcome these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   FitzGerald, Sylvia         Research Project Manager     New to SFU Research Operations  VPR VP, Research Summary   Khoo, Peter     Business Analyst        
SFU Budget On April 16, the University sent a message to all staff on their financial challenges and presented their forecasted balanced budget for 2024-2025 in their 2024–25 Budget Book.
Each month, the Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.)
Self-care through Difficult Times May 10, 2024 Many of you continue to struggle with low workplace morale and deep concerns about layoffs.
Many members expressed further interest in more flexibility where they can do their work, whether at home or in the office. Members also expressed the need for improvements in health care and dental benefits.  
Please warmly welcome these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Bergner, Steven Associate Director, Data Analytics      Additional Job Big Data Hub   VPR VP Research Summary   Chen, Debbie  Junior Business Analyst          New Appointment
SFU Budget APSA, along with other SFU employee groups, received communication from SFU about the need to make operational changes. They further announced administrative job losses and a voluntary separation program, which APSA was not consulted on in terms of its development. We will pursue all avenues available to prevent any job loss to members. 
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Our dedicated volunteers have worked tirelessly on behalf of you, our members! Their time involves attending committee meetings, creating proposals, writing negotiation points, meeting with senior administration and defending members via phone calls, email and in person.
A Little, but Not a Lot on SFU’s Budget and Involuntary Layoffs April 11, 2024
APSA received an official letter from SFU this morning (Wednesday, March 6, 2024), outlining the $50 million shortfall announced by SFU's Chief Budget Officer and Vice president of Finance on January 31st. Despite not apparently filing for deficit approval as per our February 2024 bulletin, the University is requesting to meet with APSA and relayed notice that SFU intends to restructure organizational operations, potentially leading to a significant number of job losses for APSA staff. 
We are saddened to announce that after almost eleven years working for APSA, Angela Vass will be leaving APSA and her role as senior labour relations officer for a fantastic opportunity at the BC Nurses Union.
Please warmly welcome these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Andrews, Dana Special Projects Manager New to SFU MED Office of the Dean Medical School   Berezhnova, Darya Coordinator Research & Reporting New to Group
SFU Budget APSA, along with other SFU employees, received communication from SFU about the need to make operational changes. They further announced administrative job losses and a voluntary separation program, which APSA was not consulted on. We will pursue all avenues available to prevent any job loss to members. We will inform you of any announcements after our meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2024. 
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.
Budget Cuts and Your Stories, Part II March 6, 2024
Dear APSA: Thank you for your Direct Impact on Food Insecurity at SFU. By Chris Yakimov & Tara Flynn
Although Black history in Canada should be considered, discussed and celebrated all year, February is a good time to remind us of the need to reflect on Black history in Canada and how these stories were an integral part of this nation’s growth and development. 
Please warmly welcome these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Beres, Kyle WriteAway Writing Services Coordinator       New to SFU ELN Operation     Library and BC ELN   Chan, Ian Agriculture Engineering Consultant New to HR or Academic Groups
SFU Budget SFU has published their third quarter financials in the Financial Committee for the BoG, which we are including here. Of note, SFU must file for deficit approval to the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills by the end of the second quarter. To date, SFU does not appear to have made such a filing — there have certainly been no public announcements that the University has done so.
Budget Cuts and Your Stories February 7, 2024
Please warmly welcome these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Hines, Sommer Program Manager, Graduate Programs New to SFU Beedie Graduate Programs Beedie School of Business   Jin, Lina Undergraduate Advisor Additional Job
Negotiations Compensation Negotiations Payouts: Your retro GWI pay have been paid out on December 29. Please contact your department's HR Business Partner if you have any questions. Basic Agreement Bargaining: APSA and SFU will begin renegotiating the Basic Agreement on January 15-19. 
"Your energy is currency. Spend it well." — Adrienne Bosh Often, APSA members — dedicated to their work with faculty and students — try to continue providing the same level of service with less staff to do the job. Great supervisors will work with their reports to devise creative solutions during these difficult times, but APSA members have felt ground down and burnt out since the pandemic, and this has only continued with the announcement of a hiring freeze.
It's January and the start of a new year! Here's a quick list of benefits that reset each calendar year. 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