March 7 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for March 6 to 10:
  • GSU education forum is being held Tuesday and Wednesday in Regina. The focus of the forum will be on identifying and filing grievances, the rights of shop stewards and local representatives, representing your co-workers effectively, and being a local leader. 
  • the Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday. If you know a co-worker who hasn't received the TMM and would like to, they can call GSU toll-free 1.866.522.6686 or send an email request to 
Upcoming events:

60th Annual SFL /CLC Spring School
April 3 to 7, 2017 ~ Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, Moose Jaw, SK
Learn more about the school and read the course outline here.

SFL Young Workers' Conference & Youth Action Summit
April 28 & 29, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
Learn more about the conference and summit  here.

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information about these events, GSU's expense policy, or to register. 

GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -  

Be Bold For Change!
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

We still have a long way to go to achieve gender parity in Canada  

In fact, there are only five countries that have closed 80% of the gap or more (Canada is not one of them).  Learn more here.

A message from SFL president Larry Hubich
Just a quick note to alert you to two key events this coming week.
  1. The Saskatchewan Legislature starts its Spring session this Monday. This is the Session where they'll bring in legislation that will open the door to mass privatization of Saskatchewan's Crowns.
  2. On Wednesday, there will be a noon hour Rally For Saskatchewan on the Legislature grounds in Regina. It begins at 11:30 at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, marching to the Legislature for 12:00 noon.
This is our time to make a stand against the Sask government's privatization and cuts agenda!  So please consider:
  1. Attending the Rally.
  2. Telling your friends about the rally.
  3. Forwarding this email to friends and asking them to visit, and send an email to their MLA and Council, just like you did.
Thank you for helping us spread the word.


Larry Hubich
President, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson assisted a GSU employee who was expecting a child. The member had a number of questions about maternity leave, paternity leave, and how the leave could be divided between the member and his partner. 

Do you have a question about maternity leave, paternity leave, or other situations where you require a leave from work? Contact your GSU staff representative.

GSU is pleased to offer $2,000 scholarships to five students who demonstrate an ability and a passion to inspire positive change in their community.

Scholarships are available to all GSU members and their immediate families - including spouses - who are enrolled in a diploma, degree, or certificate program at a community college, university, trade school, or technical institute as a full-time student in any country.

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2017.

Detailed information is available on GSU's web page:


 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -

Discovery Co-op

Union and company representatives met in North Battleford on March 3 with the assistance of conciliator Ken Eckert. Although each side proposed a compromise, ultimately they were not able to reach an agreement. 

The conciliator will be reporting out of the negotiations and the parties will begin a two-week waiting period before either side has the right to lock out or strike.  The parties are free to continue negotiations during this two-week period, if they choose.

Background information on bargaining in this local is available on GSU's web page at

GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling.   


8 reasons exceptional employees quit their jobs

Are you happy with your current employer or are you constantly on the look-out for greener pastures?

What draws you into a job may not necessarily be what makes you stay. Without good relationships with co-workers, an opportunity to use training and skills, and good family/work balance, employees may be inclined to jump ship.

Check out this list of things bosses do that  8 things bosses do that make great employees quit.

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