Salary & Benefits. Pension. University Affairs.
APSA is the legal bargaining group for Administrative and Professional Staff at SFU. APSA negotiates salaries, benefits, pension and employment policies on behalf of members.
Salary and Benefits
APSA negotiates with the University to determine annual general salary increases to ensure competitive salaries to attract quality staff and retain them. APSA recently completed negotiations for the 2019 PSEC Mandate.
Agreed upon items (prior to arbitration):
Term of the revised basic agreement:
A 3-year agreement, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.
General Wage Increases (GWI) of 2% in each of the three years of the revised basic agreement as follows:
July 1, 2019, 2.0% retroactive from payment date
July 1, 2020, 2.0% retroactive from payment date
July 1, 2021, 2.0% retroactive from payment date
In addition to the GWI, the arbitrator awarded the following items:
Policy AD 10.11 Reimbursement of Professional Development Expenses
The amount of reimbursement available for professional development expenses will be increased from $700 to $1,100 per calendar year (i.e. increase of $400/year), and a maximum carry-forward amount of $5,500 (increased from $3,500).
The retroactive “unspent amount” of the annual increase for the 2.5-year period between July 1, 2019, and December 31, 2021, will be paid to eligible employees within the next 90 days in accordance with a proposed formula (approximately 52.5% of the actual value based on average usage over the past few years), regardless whether they incurred reimbursable expenses. Part-time employees will be prorated based on hours worked.
Policy AD 10-08, Leaves With and Without Pay, 7.01 (d) Temporary Employee Sick Leave
Temporary employees will no longer require three (3) weeks of uninterrupted service between periods of sick leave after they have completed their initial three weeks of uninterrupted service.
Policy AD 10-11 Reimbursement of Professional Development Expenses
Temporary employees with a minimum contract period of one year will be eligible for reimbursement of professional development expenses of $550 under Policy AD 10-11.
The retroactive “unspent amount” of the annual increase for the 2.5-year period between July 1, 2019, and December 31, 2021, will be paid to eligible temporary employees within the next 90 days in accordance with a proposed formula (approximately 52.5% of the actual value based on average usage over the past few years), regardless whether they incurred reimbursable expenses.
Read the Dorsey arbitration award.
The 2014 Salary and Benefits Award was in effect from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2019. Learn more about the Colin Taylor award from the 2014 round of bargaining.
5.5% over five years
July 1, 2015, 1%
July 1, 2016, 0.5%
July 1, 2017, 1.5%
July 1, 2018, 1.5%
June 30, 2019, 1%
Your status as SFU staff: continuing, temporary, and retired determines your benefits. View a complete list of benefits for APSA members on HR’s website.
The Employee Joint Pension Committee, made up of APSA, CUPE and Poly Party, negotiate changes to the Pension Plan for Administrative/Union Staff. The Board of Trustees, which has three university representatives and three employee group representatives (APSA, CUPE, Poly Party), manages the pension plan text. They meet once a month to monitor investments, approve investment mixes and manage fund managers.
University Affairs: Policy
The AD 10 policies set out the responsibilities, rights, and terms and conditions of employment for APSA staff. APSA negotiates the policies with HR. To get your APSA policy red booklet, contact the APSA office.