March 28 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for March 27 to 31:
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier attended two grievance hearings on Monday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner met with members on Monday
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson moved a grievance to the next step in the grievance procedure 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, they can call GSU toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to
  • Hugh Wagner has an arbitration consultation meeting on Wednesday
  • Hugh Wagner will be moving a grievance to the next step and meeting with a member on Wednesday
  • Lawrence Maier will attend a grievance meeting on Thursday 
  • the GSU's Joint Executive Council members will attend their semi-annual meeting in Regina on Friday 
Upcoming events:

60th Annual SFL /CLC Spring School
April 3 to 7, 2017 ~ Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, Moose Jaw, SK
Learn more about the school and read the course outline here.

SFL Young Workers' Conference & Youth Action Summit
April 28 & 29, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
Early Bird Registration deadline is March 31. 
Learn more about the conference and summit  here.

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!
More information is about the camp and how your camper could win a free camp registration fee is available 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 -  

Recently two employees from different parts of CPS's unionized operations in Saskatchewan approached GSU in connection with their rates of pay. Each of the employees had transferred into GSU membership from employment with CPS outside the scope of the GSU bargaining unit. Both employees discovered that they were being paid an annual salary considerably lower than co-workers in the same job classification or pay grade.
Although the facts of each situation are quite different, it appears that each of the employees has a sound claim to upward adjustment of their rate of pay. The two complaints have been taken up with CPS's HR Manager and are being worked on by GSU general secretary, Hugh Wagner.

Your GSU staff reps are here to assist you in any way they can.

Don't hesitate to call us with your work-related questions and concerns. Staff reps can be reached toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon) or through additional contact information available  here.

SURVEY: What are the most important issues affecting women in Saskatchewan today?

A group of university researchers are conducting a survey for a research project on women's/gender issues in Saskatchewan. They want to know what Saskatchewan women (and women's organizations) see as their most pressing issues of concern. 

The study is part of a pan-Canadian academic research project to study public engagement on contemporary women's issues. 

This survey is open to anyone living in Saskatchewan, but the researchers are particularly interested in the views of those who identify as women.
  • The questions are designed to take about 10 minutes.
  • You are encouraged to write as much or as little as you wish. 
  • You can also save your work and finish it later.
  • Most questions can be skipped if you do not want to answer them.
You can learn more and take the survey here.

Please consider participating, and please spread the word to women you think should be involved.

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:

Expressing gratitude increases odds of getting a positive reply to your email

You have carefully worded your email message, but how much thought did you put into your closing line?

Researchers have found that you can greatly increase the odds of a positive response when you close your email message with an expression of gratitude, such as "thank you" or "thanks in advance."

There are eight email sign-offs that receive  higher than average response rates.  

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