AAPS COVID-19 Update #1: AAPS staff moving to majority remote work

March 16, 2020

 

As of March 16, 2020 the staff in the AAPS Office are transitioning to do the majority of their work remotely to support the calls from health officials around social distancing to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

AAPS is here to support you if you are experiencing workplace issues or have questions about how the Collective Agreement is being applied in your department unit and that does not change.

Member Services Officers will be, where possible, moving in-person appointments to phone appointments. AAPS Member Services Officers will still be available to attend in-person meetings when needed and provide representation to you. Please do not hesitate to contact the AAPS Office if you require assistance or representation.

At this time we are encouraging members to schedule their appointments through email. You can fill out the Advocacy Appointment Request Form on our website.

If you have questions about sick leave, sick leave documentation or other leave options during this time, please contact us.

We encourage all members who are feeling sick to please call in sick, even if you are telecommuting, please still take good care of your health. We have written to the University to ask that sick notes be waived during this time.

If you have concerns about telecommuting arrangements, please contact us individually so that we can understand your specific situation.

If you are feeling stressed out and overwhelmed, remember the law does not distinguish between physical and mental health and neither should you. Take the day!

There are additional mental health resources available to you during this time. You have an excellent mental health benefit through your UBC Extended Health. In addition, you have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. They offer short-term counselling and support over the phone or online.

 

Please take good care during this time and let us know if we can help answer questions.