AAPS COVID-19 Update #2: Members’ rights in case of layoffs

March 26, 2020


On behalf of the AAPS Board and staff, we hope that all of you are doing well under the circumstances.

We would like to thank members for working calmly and patiently as the University transitions to online work and physical distancing protocols necessary to keep all of us as safe and as healthy as possible.

A special thank you to our members, colleagues, and family members who work in crucial service areas, critical service areas, and research areas for ensuring continuity of services and working towards finding a vaccine.

If you have concerns about your health and safety, workplace issues (including those working remotely), or how your Collective Agreement is being applied, please contact AAPS for a confidential conversation about your individual situation.


Your rights in case of layoffs

The Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC, the provincial body which oversees all public sector employers in BC) has directed UBC and public sector employers not to layoff any employees in March and April 2020.

PSEC is continuing to monitor the situation and will provide new direction to public sector employers in April. AAPS will continue to work with the University to provide clarity around decisions that are being made and provide you with updates.

We are working hard to ensure members are treated fairly during this rapidly evolving time.

It is important to remember that each bargaining unit’s Collective Agreement is different. Rights and provisions that may apply to your CUPE or BCGEU colleagues may not apply to you and vice versa.

The AAPS Collective Agreement does not give the employer the right to conduct temporary layoffs, and the notice entitlements laid out under Article 9 remain. Changes to these provisions would need to be agreed to by AAPS. Always contact the AAPS Office if you have questions about your specific situation.

Do not sign, verbally agree, or agree in email to any changes to your appointment before speaking with an AAPS Member Services Officer. We need to look at these on a case by case basis. Please contact the office individually, and we will look at your specific circumstances.

If one of the following situations or something similar occurs in your department or unit, please contact the AAPS Office right away.

  •       You receive a termination letter that puts you on salary continuance
  •       You receive a termination letter the puts you on working notice 
  •       You receive a job change letter that changes your appointment in any way 
  •       You are asked by your manager or supervisor if you would consider a temporary layoff    
  •       You are asked by your manager or supervisor if you would consider changes to your current appointment including length or the amount of time that you are working
  •         Significant changes to your current duties and responsibilities


Sick leave

Please remember to take good care of both your physical and mental health during this time.

If you have questions about sick leave, sick leave under self-quarantine, caring for sick or quarantined loved ones, running out of sick leave, please contact the AAPS Office for a confidential conversation about your specific situation.

If, for some reason, you are asked to provide a doctor’s note or additional medical documentation, please contact us before making a doctor's appointment.

Information, protocols, and regulations are evolving with the situation. We encourage you to be sure to get your information from official sources.

If you have other concerns about how this situation is impacting your work, or if you are dealing with issues not related to COVID-19, where the Collective Agreement applies, please contact us. We will look at your individual circumstances and offer you confidential, professional advice.


We know that we are all adapting as best we can to an uncertain and changing situation. Please take good care of yourselves and each other.