May 23 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for May 23 to 26:

Anything can happen, but this is what we have scheduled this week:
  • 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, have them call GSU toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to
  • staff rep Dale Markling is attending a grievance meeting on Tuesday
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier has a grievance hearing on Wednesday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will attend a Local 8 (Advance) membership meeting on Thursday.
Upcoming events:

Stand Up for Saskatchewan Rally
Wednesday, May 24 - 11:30 noon to 12:45 p.m.
Rally at Sask. Legislature in Regina
March begins at Royal Sask. Museum
Learn more here .

General Membership Meeting - AEA/GSU Local 8 Members, Regina Plant
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 3:45 p.m.
Austrian Club (downstairs meeting room), 320 Maxwell Crescent, Regina
The agenda of the meeting will include minutes of the last meeting, GSU Annual Report, and other business of the Local.

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 -  

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson assisted a member who was being paid to take on extra duties. The member had no issues with taking on the majority of newly assigned tasks, but decided to call the union office for advice when they became concerned some of the duties may be beyond the scope of their job position. 

Do you have a question about a workplace issue or your collective agreement? 

Contact your GSU staff rep. Their services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

Only one week until the application deadline!

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:

When you have the option, consider buying union  

When we support unionized jobs we support the working members in our labour movement. 
  • If you are taking on construction or renovations, consider employing unionized construction workers.
  • Similarly, when booking hotels, check out unionized hotels and facilities. 
  • The same spirit exists when buying groceries, clothing, or other goods and services. 
  • When you access public services and services provided by our crown corporations, opt to buy union and request the work be done by union members.
Using unionized services and purchasing union-made goods is a direct investment in our own success and strength. The money goes to local families, stays in our communities, and helps grow our province.

Jade Dulle's ride for mental health

Today (May 23, 2017) a young woman and past Saskatchewan Federation of Labour camper, Jade Dulle, starts a 1,300 kilometre bike ride across Saskatchewan to raise awareness and funding for mental health.
Grain and General Services Union has made a $1,000 donation to Jade's Ride for Mental Health.

If you are interested in  background information on Jade's ride or you would like to help her raise money for mental health, you can learn more here or on GSU's web page - .
You can also visit Jade's Facebook page to watch the videos and view her live feed at

Don't talk about these things at work

How was your long weekend? If you hoisted too many red solo cups and got in an epic fight with your campground neighbours, you may not want to share that information with co-workers who aren't your close personal friends.

Unless you want to be the topic of conversation around the water cooler and possibly damage your chance for a promotion, there are six subjects which you should avoid talking about at work.

Learn more here:  Topics to avoid discussing at work .

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