PSA Member Event, PSA Problem Resolution Committee
Presented by: Cherolyn R. Knapp - Nelson, Watson LLP
Conflict in the workplace and in family are a reality most people have in common. Yet how people deal with conflicts can vary widely and have a major impact on productivity at work and happiness at home. 
In the western world, we have a tradition of placing disputes before a neutral third party to hear all the evidence and decide an outcome based on the law. However, the legal process can be time consuming, costly and very stressful. Systems of “alternative dispute resolution” have emerged to provide a different way to look at and resolve disputes.
As a litigation lawyer, Cherolyn Knapp has built a career around advocating in courts and tribunals on behalf of clients as well as engaging in private mediations and negotiations to achieve desired outcomes for clients.
Here’s what you will learn in this dynamic workshop:
1. Insight into the elements and types of disputes,
2. Traps and pitfalls that keep us stuck in conflict,
3. Strategies for dispute resolution that can be used in the workplace and in your personal life.
OVC Lifetime Learning Centre 1715  12:00 - 1:15 pm
Bring your lunch, dessert, coffee/tea provided.
PSA Members,
We hope you can join us for a Coffee Break at the Brass Taps Lounge.
If you think you can make it please RSVP so we have an idea of how many to expect.
The  PSA Membership drive winners are: 2018 Drayton Entertainment Gift Certificate for 2 (Wes Lindinger),  $50.00 UoG Hospitality Card (Diana Rau) , $25.00 UoG Hospitality Card (Zahid Akhter).

Presentations from November 21 2017 Flex Spending Credit Meeting:

The FAQ and allocation link can be found on the following HR website:

The PSA is pleased to announce a Brown Bag Lunch session on the new Flex Spending Credit program that was negotiated as part of our most recent agreement. All eligible P&M will need to make an allocation of credits by November 30th, 2017 for the 2018 year.

The PSA has invited Melissa Jutzi, Director, Total Compensation to present on the new program and answer any questions that you may have.

Tuesday, November 21st
Doors Open at 11:15 am
Presentation Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Peter Clark Hall, University Centre

Bring your lunch, the PSA will provide refreshments and dessert. 

Please RSVP to: for catering numbers.

As a reminder, you need to make your FSC allocations by November 30th, however, once made the allocation is non-revocable. If you have questions or concerns, please wait until this session and then make your allocation by the deadline.

This session starts earlier than our regular sessions due to the availability of the presenter. As P&M, the expectation is that there is flexibility in the timing of your lunch break which should allow all interested individuals to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on November 21st.

For off-campus P&M login to listen live at:


All Professional & Managerial Employees Welcome to Attend!
Join us for networking, buffet lunch & PSA updates for 2017/18
Peter Clark Hall, University Centre
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
vegetarian & gluten free options available
Please RSVP for catering planning:

Thursday, August 24th at 12:00 pm Room 104, Rozanski Hall

New Member Sign-up & Member Ballot Registration Opens at 11:15 am, arrive early to allow time for processing.
Purpose of meeting:
To ratify the recently negotiated PSA Compact for Professional/Managerial Employees.
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Recap of Process and work of ET&C Committee
  • Presentation of Key Elements of the recently negotiated Compact
  • Question and Answer Period
  • Voting by Ballot to accept/reject the new Compact
  • All Professional/Managerial Employees are welcome & granted release time to attend.
  • Only PSA Members can Vote, new PSA membership applications completed prior to the commencement of the meeting will be eligible for voting privileges.
Off Campus PSA members (Guelph-Humber, Ridgetown Campus, Research Stations) will vote via electronic survey ballot.
To register to vote electronically (only for off campus members), please register with the PSA Office at: by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23.
I am pleased to announce that the PSA and the University have agreed to a tentative settlement that, once ratified, will cover the period May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2020.
A ratification meeting will be arranged as soon as reasonably practical.
A reminder that only PSA members in good standing are entitled to vote on the agreement and access documents in the members only section of the PSA website.
The negotiating team is unanimous in their endorsement of this agreement and I would like to thank Shelley Gallina, Co-op and Career Services, Brennan Reniers, Student Housing Services, and Kirk Sprague, Library for their tireless work, passion and contributions on the part of all P&M staff. It was a pleasure to work so closely with these folks and I am indebted to them for the commitment they made.
I would also like to recognize the rest of the Employment Terms and Conditions Committee, which, in addition to the negotiating committee included: Kim Thorne, SEDRD , Sarah Bruce, PSA Administrative Assistant, Heidi Huisman, Dean's Office CBE, Tina Goebel, Dean's Office, COA. This committee worked diligently over the past year on your behalf to prepare for negotiations and this preparation was instrumental in formulating our positions and informing the University of our concerns.
The University was represented by Chris Nutt, Director, Staff Relations, Martha Harley, AVP (HR), Michelle Fach, Director, Open Learning and Ed Townsley, Executive Director, Hospitality Services. I think it is important to acknowledge that, without their hard work and open mindedness, we would not have been as successful as we have been. This team was patient with us as we conveyed the thoughts, concerns, and opinions of our membership and gave us the opportunity to express our many diverse views. We appreciate their co-operation in coming to an agreement that we feel is beneficial to all P&M staff and fair to the University.

You can view the joint statement on the University's website at


Kelly Bertrand, B.Comm, CPA, CGA
Director, Organizational Services, Library
Chair, Professional Staff Association (2017-2019)
ETC Committee Chair

“ROCK OF AGES” October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm Dunfield Theatre, Cambridge

Fans of '80s arena hard rock music will dig this awesomely hilarious musical comedy that wails with big chords, big hair ... and an even bigger heart.

It's 1987, and aspiring rocker Drew Boley meets and falls madly in love with Sherrie, a fresh-faced Midwesterner who has recently moved to Los Angeles to chase her movie star dreams. Will their stars rise? Will their love last? Find out in the worldwide phenomenon featuring 28 classic rock tunes like "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Harden My Heart," "Can't Fight this Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

A PSA Member Appreciation Event – you buy the tickets and the PSA supplies the festivities. The PSA has secured the event space and entire balcony for PSA members. Join your co-workers for cocktail hour before the show and dessert at intermission. Please let the PSA Office know when you purchase tickets so we can add you to the catering list.
  • Balcony seating
  • PSA providing; one host drink ticket & appetizers before the show, coffee and dessert at intermission.  Cash bar also available.
  • Tickets $37.00 + HST, if bought online additional 2.50 fee
  • No charge for bookings by phone, Box Office 519-621-8000
  • Book your own tickets using promo-code (see PSA event emails or contact PSA office)
  • Book early for best seats
  • 2 ticket limit (PSA member + guest)
  • Recommended 14+ content

 More info at: or contact the PSA  ext. 56994.

PDR is an item that the PSA negotiates with the University for all P&M Employees.  The PSA-University Compact expired on April 30, 2017, therefore there is no current information for 2017 PDR.  Negotiations are scheduled to begin in mid-August.  Although retroactive arrangements have been made for PDR in prior negotiation years, the PSA advises not to plan any PDR eligible expenses that cannot be covered by other means until the details of the new Compact are known.

A meeting for all P&M will be held following negotiations to present the new Compact for ratification. Only PSA members will be eligible to vote at the ratification meeting. 


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