November 13, 2018 

Anything can happen, but here's what we have on our calendars for Nov 13 to 16:
  • The Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesdays. 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 
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will be attending the WESTAC Fall Forum on Monday and Tuesday
  • Hugh Wagner and the Local 8 (Advance) bargaining committee of Doug Murray, Steve Holliday, Ron Gerlock and Dion Elliot will meet with the employer for bargaining on Friday
  • staff representative Dale Markling is recovering from hip surgery and will be temporarily absent form work through December. Members who would normally contact Dale at the Saskatoon office for assistance can call the GSU office in Regina toll free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to

Annual General Membership meetings this week:

Melfort - Sub-Locals 1.19 (Viterra)  
Nov. 13 - 6:00 pm at the Bluebird Hotel
GSU staff: Steve Torgerson

Saskatoon - Sub-Local 15.2 (Nutrien - Saskatoon) 
Nov. 14 - 6:00 pm at the GSU Saskatoon Office 2154 Airport Dr.
GSU staff: Donna Driediger

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

Bargaining Update

GSU and Richardson International Bargaining

GSU Local 14's bargaining committee met with Richardson International representatives on Nov. 1 and 2. Bargaining proposals were exchanged and some progress was made in resolving a number of issues. Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Nov. 19 and 20.
A further update will be issued following the Nov. 19 and 20 meetings.

GSU and Viterra Bargaining

GSU Locals 1 and 2 bargaining committee is scheduled to meet with Viterra representatives on Dec. 5 and 6.
"It's taken some time to nail down bargaining dates," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "When we meet GSU's committee will be presenting union members' bargaining proposals as well as pressing for expedited results." 
An update will be issued following the meetings with Viterra management in December.

Since 1936, we have bargained hundreds of workplace contracts and agreements. 

We are proud of what we have accomplished and we continue to work hard to improve workplace conditions for our members through effective collective bargaining with employers.

You can help ensure your collective agreement reflects your needs. 
  • Enforce your rights 
    If you are entitled to a benefit or condition of your agreement, make sure to use it. Don't hesitate to contact your GSU staff rep if you need clarification or assistance.
  • Be involved in bargaining
    Participate in developing bargaining proposals to be taken to the bargaining table with your employer. Attend bargaining meetings, vote on settlements, and support your bargaining committee as they work toward changes to secure and strengthen your collective agreement.
  • Make sure we have your current contact information
    We do our best to keep GSU members apprised of bargaining progress through out web page, the Tuesday Members' Memo and email updates. Be sure to update us with any changes to your email address. 

Learn more about the bargaining process and how it works

The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union has done a great job of explaining bargaining in their Bargaining for Beginners web page and accompanying  infographic. You can check those out here


GSU staff representative Donna Driediger has been working with members from Viterra to clarify their working schedule for weekend loading. "It is not unreasonable for members to know what options the Company has for having members work overtime on weekend loading, this is also so members know what they will be expected to do" says Driediger Members are wanting to clarify what their status is for weekend rail loading, either scheduled to work, on standby or neither which means working is optional. 

Driediger has reached out to the Company with questions that should help clear the situation up moving forward and help these members find a better balance to their work and family lives. 

Support striking UFCW Local 1400 (Co-op) striking members! Learn more and hear from the strikers, here  

UFCW members strike Saskatoon Co-op for workplace fairness

5 Keys to Transform Workplace Holiday Stress From the Inside Out

Workplace stress has a way of escalating during the holidays. Sure, there are the obvious antidotes like planing ahead, taking a few days off from work, limiting holiday workplace functions etc. But the real magic of this time of the year has to do with the heartfelt emotions that seem to rise with every snowflake, every jingle of the bells and every song you hear on the radio.

It's not likely that your office will join in a collective "OM" to dilute any office tensions, but there are some things you can keep in mind to manage workplace stress from the inside out.

Feelings that arise at work might be more challenging in the midst of economic uncertainty, high unemployment and a changing global marketplace where expanding technology has multiple good, and not so good consequences. It's easy to get lost in info-overload this time of the year in the work-life merge, as we wrestle with year-end workplace obligations and an expectation of joyful family time.

To read the entire article visit the following link:   5 Keys to Transform Workplace Holiday Stress From the Inside Out

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