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It’s déjà vu all over again – Yogi Berra
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Hello, I’m Mike Peragine, an advocate on APSA’s Advocacy Committee. On behalf of the Committee, I’m answering your question about probation review forms.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Agonos, Vanessa Figura Recreation Coordinator New to HR or Academic Groups AVPSI Recreation Operations Associate VP Students   Amaro Andrade, Fernanda Coordinator, Projects and Events
Bargaining We’re pleased to announce that APSA’s final position of record prevailed over the University’s. Mr. Dorsey selected APSA’s position of record, which we take as a signal that our proposal was fair and reasonable. The award follows 30-days of negotiations, 4-months of mediation, and a 1-day arbitration hearing with the University’s representatives. As the outcome is an award by the Arbitrator and not a negotiated agreement, it is considered final and binding. It won’t be subject to a ratification vote by members or approval by SFU’s Board of Governors.
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
I write this message as I do every year before I break for the holidays. In an hour, I'm expecting further difficult news from Dr. Bonnie Henry as the Omicron variant seizes the country. It's hard to feel any brightness in the world faced with such news. Add to this the weather woes that we've had this year, and it's even harder not to feel pessimistic.
Welcome to our second online AGM, and our second AGM held during the COVID pandemic. It’s important to acknowledge this and recognize how this has affected APSA as an organization and you as APSA members. In your professional capacities at SFU, some of you have been responsible for adjusting to the changing provincial directives and developing and implementing SFU’s organizational response. Some of you have been tasked with managing change and developing the direct operational responses for your departments or faculties due to COVID.
APSA is pleased to announce the new officers for the APSA Board of Directors. David Agosti was voted in as the 2022 president of APSA, Jill Sutherland was voted in as the new vice-president and Jasper Stoodley is your 2022 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.   Asayo, Luke Recreation Coordinator New to HR or Academic Groups AVPSI Recreation Operations Associate VP, Students   Bagri, Satkaranjeet Kaur Business Analyst II
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.)
Bargaining APSA and SFU are proceeding to arbitration on December 7, 2021. The results of the final offer selection arbitration will come 28 days after that date. For more information on how bargaining works, see this infographic on Collective Bargaining.
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.
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Join GLS for a Virtual Open House on their MA Program December 8 at 7 pm via Zoom Graduate Liberal Studies (GLS) at Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts Program. Their part-time Interdisciplinary MA degree features:
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.
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Bizenjima-Chrea, Yue Administrator Temporary Promotion AVPSI Engagement and Retention
Bargaining APSA and SFU are proceeding to arbitration on December 7, 2021. The results of the final offer selection arbitration will come 28 days after that date. For more information on how bargaining works, see this infographic on Collective Bargaining.
APSA members, please welcome your new board members Please welcome your new directors! These new board members will be joining APSA's Board of Directors at the conclusion of the AGM on November 23, 2021. Cindy Li Communications Officer, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences      
APSA is pleased to introduce you to our new member services coordinator, Tracey Ferris. Tracey is an SFU alumna who previously worked in a managerial role at BCIT, has experience working with SFU's Wellness and Recovery office and assisting with bullying and harassment investigations. Prior to this, she worked extensively in media and market research for companies such as CTV and Olympic Broadcast Services.
Hello everyone, I can't believe that it's October already.  It's as if September quickly vanished in a rain cloud. Already, I'm seeing Hallowe'en displays in the stores and, yes, Christmas ones, too. While fall is one of my favourite seasons, for many of us the shorter days can be a real time to wind down. Our bodies almost demand us to gear down energy-wise.  Add to that the transition of working back on campus during COVID-19 and we can end up feeling depleted and drained.  
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month.   Alfonso, Kleon Associate Student Recruiter Rehire AVPSI Student Recruitment & Admissions Administration Associate VP, Students   Arboleda Quintero, Jose
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.) Hello, I'm Mike Peragine, an advocate on APSA's Advocacy Committee. On behalf of the Committee, I'm answering your question related to returning to campus.
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is representing numerous members with grievances on bullying and harassment and hours of work. 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 recently updated its Bullying and Harassment policy GP 47. There's been a lot of SFU communication on the revised policy, a website, a webform, a flowchart and other tool kits available to all of the SFU community. What has changed, and how would an APSA member go through the Bullying and Harassment process?
  Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.)
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA is representing numerous members with grievances on bullying and harassment and hours of work. 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.
COVID-19's effect on our lives is immense. The pandemic has also triggered a lot of medical issues for many people. People who have mental or physical disabilities during the return to working on campus can be in a precarious position as some may perceive a genuine need for an accommodation as frivolous.  How Would You Request a Medical Accommodation During this Time?
Pop-up Vaccination Clinics on SFU Surrey and Burnaby Campus SFU is currently in Stage 3 of their return to campus plan. SFU has provided more information on the return to campus plan here. We continue to discuss workplace safety and COVID-19 with SFU senior administration and have released our return to campus survey results. 
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Al Kurdi, Mona Associate Director New to SFU CS Management Professional Program Lifelong Learning Unit   Biehl, Ursula Nicole Coordinator, Student Engagement New to SFU
Our Member Services Coordinator, Angela Vass will be transitioning back to the office starting in August. She will however be meeting with members via zoom and by appointment only for the time being. Andrew Boden our Executive Director is on campus most days, but will also be taking most appointments virtually. Lakshmi Gosyne, our Communications Coordinator, has been transitioning to campus, but will be away until August 18.
We wanted to learn about your concerns regarding returning physically to work at SFU and what you’re looking for in hybrid work arrangements. Below are the results from our recent survey on hybrid work arrangements at the University. Read on to learn why we chose specific questions, what the answers mean for you and how we will use them to support you, our members. How You Responded We had 728 members respond to the survey, which is approximately half of our membership. 
Please give a warm welcome to these new APSA members who have joined us in the past month. Ardizzi, Madison Cynthia Coordinator, Outreach Programs       New to SFU FAS, Office of the Dean           Faculty of Applied Sciences   Barrett, Caylin Coordinator, Communications & Events
Arbitrations and Grievances APSA and the University came to a mediated settlement regarding the Colin Taylor Award. Read the full settlement here. We are also in the process of negotiating a settlement on a Human Rights case.
Each month, our Advocacy Committee answers your questions about the AD 10 policies (aka, your terms and conditions of employment.)