Memo to Members: RE: Recent announcements from the Province and UBC

Dear AAPS Members,

On behalf of the AAPS Board and staff we wanted to wish you all the best for the start of the new academic year.

We know that many of you are starting to get information regarding changes that the Province and UBC are making to health and safety measures. We realize for all AAPS members they mean additional work at an already busy time. You are doing a good job. Please be patient with yourselves, your colleagues, and students as we all work together to adapt to these changes.

The Province and the University released updated measures to make the return to worksites safer and more sustainable.

The newly introduced measures improve safety standards of physical worksites and maintain some flexibility. While UBC’s implementation plans are still being finalized and will be communicated by UBC, we wanted to ensure that all members understand that changes will be coming. Please note that members work across the province at different worksites performing different roles. The new health and safety measures may impact you differently.

If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact the AAPS office for a confidential conversation about your specific situation.

We hope that in conjunction with these new health and safety measures, departments and units will be reconsidering the number of in-person staff needed at physical worksites as well as the type, frequency, and duration of in-person activities.

Again, if you have questions or concerns including: 

  • Taking a sick leave
  • The medical accommodations process
  • Negotiating on-going remote work arrangements
  • Health and Safety concerns with UBC’s updated return to work plans (after they are released)

Please contact the AAPS office. We are busy, and we are triaging cases, and we will do our best to respond to you in a timely manner.

Finally, we would like to thank members for making the time to participate in the advocacy efforts regarding a safe return to campus. Whether you expressed your views through the form letter, emails to the office, or advocacy requests, your thoughtfulness and professionalism regarding the issues was appreciated.

While there was not a consensus about how best to approach the return to physical worksites, AAPS is fortunate to represent a membership that cares so much about making UBC a great workplace for your colleagues and students.

Happy Labour Day on September 6, 2021.

Sincerely,

Afsaneh Sharif                    Joey Hansen
President, AAPS                  Executive Director, AAPS