The Administrative and Professional Staff Association (APSA) was incorporated under the BC Society Act in 1980 to provide representation for the group of employees at SFU whose employment was not covered by a collective agreement.
The Simon Fraser University Administrative and Professional Staff Association (APSA) is incorporated under the BC Society Act to provide representation for employees at SFU who were not covered by a collective agreement.
1983 – Basic Agreement For Collective Bargaining and Consultation Signed
The Basic Agreement established APSA as the sole representative for all administrative and professional staff at SFU. The Agreement established formal procedures for compensation matters and administrative/professional personnel policies for members.
1993 – Amendment to Basic Agreement
Binding arbitration was included in the event of an impasse during negotiations for compensation matters. This amendment allowed APSA the same rights and privileges to arbitration as are granted to the Faculty Association. Quorum was also changed to 30 members for the Annual General Meeting.
1997 - 1998 – Appendix G
As a result of the 1997/98 contract negotiations with CUPE Local 2228, CUPE claimed 22 APSA positions belonged in their bargaining unit. SFU agreed to review 11 of the positions, however umpire John Kinzie ultimately awarded only six of the remaining disputed positions to CUPE.
2000 - PEA Certification Drive
In response to the CUPE raid, the APSA Board filed a grievance and attempted to proceed to arbitration but was denied standing at the Labour Relations Board. After meetings with members and the University of Victoria Professional Employees Association (PEA), a certification drive was undertaken in 2000. The drive failed.
2000 – AD 9 Policies Amended
The AD 10 Policies set out the responsibilities, rights and terms and conditions of employment for APSA members. They include problem resolution, grievances and arbitration procedures. Changes fall under the purview of the Joint University/Association Committee (JUAC). Creating new policies must be done in consultation with Association.
Two additional Area Directors were added to the Board to accommodate growing membership, due in large part to the addition of the Vancouver campus (1989) and the Surrey campus (2006).
2011 - Increase in APSA Staff
A Communication Coordinator position is created for the APSA office. The position manages APSA's robust website and social media account, writes content for the newsletter and website, sits on all committees as their communication liaison, and communicates behind-the-scenes activities to members.