January 3 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for Jan. 3 to 6
  • your GSU staff reps are sticking close to their offices this week. Contact information for GSU staff is available here
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page - www.gsu.ca.  

CPS voting process to begin on or before Jan. 9

Although we haven't received confirmation of precisely when ballots will be sent to CPS non-union operations employees, a Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) order directs the voting process will begin on or before January 9, 2017. 
The vote will be by mail-in ballot and each eligible employee will be sent a notice of the vote, voting instructions, related information, and a return date for their ballot. Read more here.
Additional information will be shared on GSU's web page as it becomes available.

A Local 15 (CPS) member recently contacted GSU staff rep Dale Markling with an inquiry about a taxable benefit which showed up on their pay stub

Dale contacted company management for clarification before advising the employee that the taxable benefit reflected gift cards that employees received for safety. The cards were considered to be income and employees were responsible for paying the tax on these amounts.
Do you need assistance addressing this issue or another problem in your workplace?
Contact a GSU staff representative.
No problem is too small. Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone. Call us toll-free if you have a question or a problem you would like addressed. Call 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon).


 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -  www.gsu.ca.


Discovery Co-op

A Notice of Impasse has been served to the Minister of Labour Relations with a request that a conciliator be appointed.

Union and company 
representatives last met November 22 and were unable to reach an agreement, even though they  previously came very close to reaching a tentative settlement when they met on October 14. 

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

Prairie Co-op
Master copies of the new collective agreement have been signed and copies of the agreement have been made available to members.

The company is working to process back-pay for members, and it is anticipated that same will be available on members' next paycheques.

A copy of the new agreement is available here.
GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee: Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep)

Western Producer

The new collective agreement is being prepared for signing and distribution to members.

The main terms of the settlement are salary increases of 1.25% Aug. 1, 2016; 1.5% Aug. 1, 2017; and 1.5% Aug. 1, 2018.

GSU's Local 20 bargaining committee members are Kim Quintin, Michelle Houlden, Laurie Michalycia, and Dale Markling (GSU staff rep). 

CHS Canada
The union and company have agreed on a tentative settlement and are continuing to work on final wording for the agreement document. 

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson. 

This little girl has some good advice about New Year's resolutions

Did you make and break a New Year's resolution this year?

It's not too late to set yourself up for success with a commitment to better yourself in 2017. Rather making an all-or-nothing resolution, choose a resolution that builds on previous successes. Perhaps you can try to be a calmer gentler driver, drink more water, or commit to carrying out a random act of kindness once a week.

In addition to physical resolutions, there are also a number of mental resolutions you can make. Learn more here: www.lifehack.org/things you need to get rid of.

Good luck with your new resolution!

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