July 31, 2018 

Upcoming events

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@gsu.ca 

Upcoming events

SFL Summer Camp
August 25 - 31, 2018, Camp Easter Seal, Manitou Lake, SK.
Learn more about camp here

OH&S Conference
September 12-14, 2018, Delta Hotel, Regina, SK.
Learn more about the conference here

SFL Convention
October 24-27, 2018, Regina, SK.
Learn more about convention here

If you are interested in attending any of these events contact your staff representative for more information.

GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page: gsu.ca

Throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall GSU member can earn a lot of overtime. In some collective agreements this time is banked to give members some options. 

Staff representative Steve Torgerson received a call from a new member at Viterra who was not sure how banked overtime worked. Torgerson advised that overtime went into the members overtime bank and could used in one of two ways. The member could use the banked time to take paid time off work (treat it like vacation where the member must get approval to use the time), or the member can get some or all of the banked time paid out (getting banked time paid out is solely up to the member).   did not receive his record of employment (ROE) in the couple weeks since he left the Company.

Understanding how your banked overtime, vacations, sick leave or performance reviews work is important to know. Knowing the rules at work will help you understand what is possible and what is not. Your collective agreement and your staff representative are a key piece of that puzzle. 

Talking to your GSU staff representative is always a good idea to help you understand what can and cannot be done at work. GSU staff representative contact information is available here.

4 workplace microaggressions that can kill your confidence-and what to do about them

Many factors can contribute to an employee's unhappiness at work - bad management, for example, or grueling hours. But what about the smaller, tougher to identify events that can contribute significantly to an employee's disengagement?

Those small acts are often referred to as "microaggressions." Columbia University professor Derald Wing Sue tells CNBC Make It that microaggressions "are the every day slights, indignities, put downs and insults that minorities experience in their day to day interactions with well-intentioned individuals who are unaware that they have engaged in an offensive act or made an offensive statement."

These acts are normally related to a person's race, gender, sexual orientation or disability status. And while these incidents are often subtle, their impact can have a huge affect on your performance and your confidence.

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