April 4 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for April 3 to 7:
  • GSU members are attending the 60th Annual SFL /CLC Spring School in Moose Jaw from April 3 to 7. Learn more about the school and read the course outline here
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner attended Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board hearings in Regina on Monday
  • the Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday. If you know a co-worker who doesn't receive the TMM and would like to, they can call GSU toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to gsu.regina@sasktel.net
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson will attend a grievance hearing on Wednesday 
  • Lawrence Maier is assisting a member with a WCB claim on Wednesday
  • Hugh Wagner will meet with an employer on Thursday.
Upcoming events:

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

Prairie School for Union Women
June 11 - 15, 2017
Waskesiu Lake, SK
Learn more about the school and registration here

SFL Summer Camp
August 27 - September 1, 2017
Camp Easter Seal ~ Manitou Lake 
Register early! This popular camp fills up quickly!
Learn about the camp and how your camper could win free registration 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 - www.gsu.ca.  

GSU elected officials meet, review operating budget and auditor's report

GSU's Joint Executive Council (the union's elected board of directors) held its annual meeting in Regina on March 31. 

Council members reviewed GSU's audited financial statement for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, and approved an operating budget estimate for 2017. The audited financial statements, which show a modest operating surplus of $29,278 for 2016, will be included in the upcoming annual report to GSU members.  The annual report was also adopted by the Council and will be released on the union's web site in the near future.

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson spoke to a GSU member and answered a number of questions about Temporary Performance of Higher Duty (TPHD). 

No question or problem is too small to discuss with a GSU staff rep.

The role of a staff rep is to help union members, and we are here to assist you in any way we can. D on't hesitate to contact your GSU staff rep when you need clarification, interpretation, or assistance.

Staff reps can be reached toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon). Additional contact information is available here.

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 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:  www.gsu.ca.

Is it okay to text-in sick to work?

Are you familiar with your company's policy on texting-in to your employer when you are staying home sick?  If you aren't absolutely certain that your employer will look favourably at your text notification, it is advisable to actually CALL in sick when you are calling in sick.

There are a number ways texting-in sick may hamper your ongoing employment and your career aspirations. Learn more here about the risks of  Texting in Sick .

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