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.


After four weeks of negotiations, the University and APSA determined that we wouldn’t reach a settlement without the help of a mediator and so we agreed to engage Jim Dorsey, a very experienced mediator and arbitrator. We expect mediation to begin at the end of June. The University and APSA have signed off on the terms of the agreement 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.


The province has advised a full-scale return to campus for post-secondary students in the fall of 2021. SFU has more information on the return to campus here. We continue to discuss workplace safety and COVID-19 with SFU senior admin and have released the results of our return to campus survey. Please see David's latest message, our article on getting the vaccine, and APSA COVID-19 FAQs for more information.