August 9, 2016  

SFL Occupational Health & Safety Conference
September 7 - 9, 2016 |  Regina, SK
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SFL Convention
October 26 - 29, 2016 | Regina, SK
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Contact your GSU staff rep if you are interested in attending or learning more about an event. 

GSU  members who sign up and are approved to participate in GSU-sanctioned events will have their time off work, wages, and expenses covered in accordance with GSU's expense policies (child care included). GSU staff will also assist you with arranging the time off with your employer.

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson recently helped a member review a company offer and ensure that it encompassed the understanding that the member had when agreeing to a demotion.

If your have questions about sick leave or any other issue, don't hesitate to contact your GSU staff rep.

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Hi-Pro Feeds
Hi-Pro Feeds management has rejected extending the 60-day conciliation period so on August 8 the clock started on the 21-day "cooling off" period.
The two sides are still scheduled to meet on August 10 and 11 and again on August 18 and 19, but it appears management is in a hurry to get into position to take action to try to force members to accept an inadequate contract offer.
"If the company comes to the table ready to bargain, progress can be made," said GSU bargaining committee spokesperson Lawrence Maier. "If their attitude is unchanged then Local 9 members will determine what action to take to bring reason to the process." 

GSU's Local 9 bargaining committee comprises Kelly Saretzky, Kev Clarke, and GSU staff rep Lawrence Maier.
Discovery Co-op

The two sides met July 25. Several issues were reviewed to bring the employer's new representative up to speed. The parties narrowed the issues down to only a few outstanding issues: scope, wages, compensation system, sick leave, and the length of the collective agreement.
Bargaining is scheduled to continue on August 17. The union bargaining committee will meet prior to this date to prepare  their response for the Company
GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 
Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association 

Local 18 members have ratified the tentative agreement. GSU bargaining committee spokesperson Dale Markling anticipates that work on the draft versions of the new collective agreement will be complete soon .
GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee members are Christina Jones, Les Strueby, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling

Prairie Co-op  

After a change in employer counsel delayed bargaining, the two sides are scheduled to meet on August 12.  Additional bargaining sessions are being determined.  

GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee members are Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep). 

Western Producer

The local's current collective agreement expired July 31, 2016.  

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 

Congratulations to Jeff Seabrook (Local 1 - Viterra) and Leanne Gording (Local 15 - CPS) who each won two tickets to watch the Riders take on the Calgary Stampeders this Saturday. 

We asked you to tell us what your favourite summer vacation destination was, and we enjoyed seeing everyone's answers. Here are the destinations our draw winners submitted:

"My favourite summer vacation destination is the Oregon coast where my dad lives. It's absolutely stunning, yet always good to come home to wide open spaces." ~ Leanne

"A great summer destination is camping at Moose Horn Lodge - Little Bear Lake, Sask. The fishing is excellent and nice cool waters for swimming on a hot summer day and then a nice evening sunset by the lakeside." ~ Jeff

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Watch next week's Tuesday Members' Memo  and we'll share our plans for our Labour Day Classic tickets.

Entry in GSU contests and acceptance of prizes constitutes permission to use winner's name, city, province, name of employer, and winning entry for promotional purposes. Please refer to GSU's
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Things smart people don't say at work

Whether you are addressing someone in person or posting a status on your social media, the words you use tell people about you. 

When you are at work, the way you choose to phrase things can matter even more as you interacting with people who have the ability to make a difference in your continued employment and job satisfaction. 

Check out the following link to learn 11 phrases you should eliminate from your vocabulary at work.

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