February 6, 2018  

A nything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week:
  • staff reps Steve Torgerson and Donna Driediger met with members in Yorkton on Monday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner met with an employer on Monday
  • Hugh Wagner met with a member on Tuesday
  • 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 gsu.regina@sasktel.net 
  • Lawrence Maier and Donna Driediger will be meeting with GSU's legal counsel on Wednesday to discuss a GSU member's case
  • staff reps Lawrence Maier and Donna Driediger are meeting to review GSU files on Wednesday and Thursday as Donna assumes her new work caseload at GSU's Regina office
  • staff rep Dale Markling is scheduled to attend conference calls on Wednesday and Thursday regarding two GSU members' upcoming arbitrations  
  • Hugh Wagner will be attending the International Longshore & Warehouse Union's Winter School on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • planning is underway for GSU's upcoming biennial policy convention March 22 to 24 in Humboldt, SK. If you are interested in attending, contact your GSU staff representative
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -  gsu.ca.    

An employee who returned from maternity leave in mid-January checked her paid sick leave bank and was concerned that the balance was exactly the same as when she commenced her maternity leave. She contacted her local GSU representative who in turn contacted the GSU Regina office.
GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner contacted the employer's HR Manager who advised that the year-end records for 2017 were in the process of being updated, and the employee's sick leave bank would be adjusted to reflect the paid sick leave she had earned in 2017.
Paid sick leave is a union-bargained benefit and part of the union advantage provided to many employees represented by GSU.

Sometimes a brief comment, email, or phone call is all that is needed to address a situation. 

GSU staff reps will help find answers to your questions, but we won't act on your behalf without your direction and approval. These services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

Contact information for GSU staff is available here .


A Labour education opportunity 

The upcoming SFL/CLC spring school teaches adults from all backgrounds the skills they can use to represent union members and defend their own rights.  Educated union members are better bargainers and better advocates for members at work .

Click the link below to check out the courses offered at this year's SFL/CLC Spring School and contact your GSU staff rep if you are interested in learning more or attending. 

Learn more:  SFL/CLC Spring School
May 7 - 11, 2018 ~  Elk Ridge Resort

We've got plans for you when the work day is done at GSU's biennial policy convention

We've heard about it from our members and GSU staff have watched it go down at other union socials. We've witnessed the fun, the skill, the crazy techniques, and now we will try it ourselves. 

GSU is bringing Holy Board to the GSU biennial policy convention's Thursday night social evening. 

There will be a tournament. There will be prizes. And it's a great way to get to know some of the awesome members, officers and staff we have at GSU.

What is Holy Board? Tim explains it in the video, below.

Have you registered for GSU's biennial policy convention? 

The convention will be held March 22 to 24 at the Bella Vista Inn in Humboldt. 

The policy convention is the co-ordinating and governing representative body of GSU and its decisions are made by majority vote.  Resolutions, policy statements, and reports adopted by the policy convention become the policy of GSU.

Wages and expenses of GSU members in attendance will be covered by GSU.

If you are interested in learning more or attending convention,  contact your GSU staff representative .

Expresso, prostrate, and 41 other grammar mistakes to nip in the bud

Think you could care less about grammar mistakes? You're probably right. Even if you couldn't care less, people will still judge you by your written and spoken words. 

You may already know that the best way to unthaw something is to put it in the freezer, and that it's hard to keep up with the Joneses (or the Kardashians), but how much do you know about the other common grammar mistakes many of us make? 

Learn more here: 
43 embarassing grammar mistakes even intelligent people make.

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