Their ASPA bargaining team met with the employer on November 21 and 22, 2019. This is the second meeting we have had so far and we will meet with the employer again on December 19 and 20, 2019. We are still at an early stage of negotiations, but after the first two meetings, it is clear that we still have a lot of work to do before we get a new collective agreement. I am writing to keep you informed of the status of aspa and U of S collective bargaining, which has covered mediation and conciliation meetings over the past three days; May 5, 6 and 7. I am very pleased to be able to make a report and, as you all know, MEMBERSHIP of ASPA voted 92.5% in favour of accepting the provisional agreement. I have personally heard several ASPA members say that they are very pleased that we have settled this round of negotiations on time. The results of the vote on the new collective agreement are available and members voted 92.5% in favor of adopting the agreement, so it was ratified by members. 978 MPs out of 1317 took part in the vote, which is a tremendous turnout and a testament to the commitment you have all made to this process, and as I said, it sends a strong message to the administration that you are concerned about what is happening at the university and that you will put ASPA in a strong position in the next round of negotiations. I would like to thank all of you for your comments during the briefings and for those who have sent us continuous emails, we have all listened to you and although not everyone is satisfied with the results, your feedback will be taken into account by the leader when we start the next round of negotiations in just over 18 months. The ASPA addressed the U of S ahead of the negotiating meetings to propose an expedited process in which both sides would focus on brief lists of their main negotiating proposals. The aim of this approach was to focus collective bargaining on a timely agreement, without the drama, delay and frustration of previous years.
Your ASPA Bargaining Committee began on October 31, 2019 with U.S. officials to negotiate the enhancement and renewal of our collective agreement, which expired on April 30, 2019. We are very pleased to inform you that your bargaining team has reached a new interim collective agreement with the University of Saskatchewan, subject to ratification by members. . . .