APSA executive proposes ratification of contract

September 23, 2004, vol. 31, no. 2

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The executive of the administrative and professional staff association (APSA) has recommended ratification of a new two-year agreement.

The agreement calls for no wage increases over the two years. APSA attributes this to a Liberal government mandate denying salary increases in the public sector. The settlement provides an option for a re-opening of negotiations should the government change its mandate before the next election in May.

As part of the new agreement, APSA and the university agreed to work toward developing a goal-sharing plan. If a plan were established that resulted in cost savings to the university, APSA members would share in the cost savings.

The university and APSA also agreed to a joint compensation review. This could result in APSA members receiving a benefit package more tailored to their specific needs as long as it entailed no additional cost to the university.

The pact includes corrective eye surgery coverage under the vision care provision in the extended health plan and establishes a committee to develop recommendations on a deferred salary plan.

APSA members are currently voting on the agreement.

The deadline for voting is Sept. 24 and the results of the vote will be released on Sept. 27. The previous three-year agreement expired on June 30. The new pact, if ratified, runs from July 1 2004 to June 30 2006.

APSA represents approximately 580 professional staff.

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