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.

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 mediation with Jim Dorsey is adjourned and the bargaining process is ongoing. The University and APSA have currently signed off on the term of the agreement (length of the contract) and the general wage increase which is 2% per year for 2019, 2020 and 2021 with retroactive pay for 2019 and 2020. For more information on how bargaining works, see this infographic on Collective Bargaining. APSA has spoken to PSEC regarding the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate and the scope of that funding for our members.

Hours of Work

The University has sent out communication on Hours of Work. SFU has not negotiated any new policy language for AD 10.13, and APSA is not in agreement with the current interim process. We will be pursuing updated policy language and clarifying what the Employment Standards Act says about managers vs. non-managers and other processes that do not align with the Employment Standards Act in our bargaining process. Here is the latest communication from APSA regarding Hours of Work.


There has been no further information on the pension amendments. APSA is still in favour of the amended changes outlined in 2018 by the EJPC and will continue to advocate towards getting a plan that best serves our entire membership. For how your pension plan works, please see this infographic on our pension structure.


SFU is currently moving to 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 the results of our return to campus survey

The Province and WorkSafeBC have recently announced a move away from area-specific COVID-19 safety plans to one institutional Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. A new Communicable Disease Safety Plan is being developed for campuses by SFU. Faculties and departments will no longer be required to develop their own plans and instead will be guided by SFU’s Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. As we make this transition, signage and room limitations across campus will be removed. The employee groups have had discussions with the principals involved in this transition.