December 1, 2020

Calendar highlights and upcoming events:
GSU Local 5 (Western Producer) bargaining

The two sides are set to meet on Dec. 3 in Saskatoon.

GSU Local 5 bargaining committee members are Sharlene Tetrault, Michelle Houlden, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling.

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Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) bargaining

The latest bargaining session was held on Nov. 26 in Lucky lake. No additional dates have been scheduled at this time.

GSU Local 6 bargaining committee members are Amber Pearson, Pasha Mughal, Amanda Pearson, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling.

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Autumn 2020 membership meetings are coming to an end

We have a few meetings left, but the majority of GSU's annual membership meetings have been held.

If your meeting hasn't been scheduled you can expect to hear from us shortly. In addition to usual union business, we've got constitutional amendments for your consideration and we need you to vote on whether you want to continue paying dues into the GSU Defense Fund.

Watch your email for your meeting notice and contact your GSU staff rep if you have any questions.

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Is your leave of absence a paid leave? It depends on the circumstances and the wording of your collective agreement
Under GSU’s collective agreements with various employers, provisions exist for modest periods of paid leaves of absence to enable employees to attend to personal or family emergencies, support, or care situations without suffering a loss of pay. Depending on the circumstances, the leave may be provided by the employer as additional paid time or the absence might be charged to an employees accrued sick leave.
The type of paid leave applicable to a situation depends on the circumstances and the wording of the collective agreement. However, the common thread running through the various forms of paid leave is that the trigger is usually an event or set of circumstances requiring the employees presence and/or preventing their attendance at work.
Although the collective agreements and policies vary from employer to employer, generally speaking paid time away from work for rest and recuperation is covered by earned vacation or banked overtime. There is no other pool of general purpose paid days off work unless the collective agreement or an employer policy specifically allows for same.
When in doubt check your collective agreement and follow up with a GSU staff rep.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world around us has become challenging and unusual. People find themselves thrust into situations for which there is no playbook. And so it was for a group of GSU members who were exposed to possible virus infection at their workplace.
Uncertain as to the appropriate response to the situation that also included public health protocols, the union members contacted GSU staff representative Steve Torgerson who helped navigate the situation to the right place.

“It was definitely an interesting and informative week," one of the members commented. "Was really glad to have Steve and the GSU there for us.”
If you have a workplace problem and need advice, contact your GSU staff rep.
Being good at something isn't why we should do it
Life is about making memories and we make memories through the experiences of seeing and doing different things. Don't make the mistake of getting caught up in how well you are able to do something and let that hold you back from the experience. Just let go, jump out of your comfort zone, and give it a shot.

Memories come from trying something unusual or new, and it doesn't really matter whether you do it well or not. The point is the experience, itself. It's not just about achieving a first place finish or even doing your best. Just give yourself permission and do it. What you will gather along the way is great memories, interesting experiences, and probably more than a few laughs.

So next time you get the chance, fall off a stand-up paddleboard, play a videogame with the kids, and grab the microphone for a round of kareoke. Always make room for another new experience.

Learn more on the benefits of trying something new:

This article has been printed for entertainment purposes. The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of GSU, its members, officers, or staff.