October 13, 2020

Calendar highlights and upcoming events:
Nutrien, Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining

Bargaining packages are on their way to Local 15 members. An email update with package details including video conference times, dates and locations will follow soon.

Your GSU Local 15 bargaining committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling.

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GSU Local 6, Wild West Steelhead bargaining - Oct. 20

When the parties last met there was significant distance between the two sides with the company wanting a number of concessions and the members wanting improvements to language, benefits and wages. 

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Autumn 2020 membership meetings

In addition to usual union business, we've also got some constitutional amendments for your consideration and we need you to vote on whether you want to continue paying dues into the GSU Defense Fund.

The way we hold membership meetings will be different this autumn, and we're busy figuring out exactly how to take care of business while keeping everyone safe during Covid. If you have thoughts or suggestions on what type of meeting would work well for you, contact your GSU staff rep.

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Council members meet, review GSU finances, union administration, and General Secretary's report to union members

A socially-distanced semi-annual meeting of GSU’s Joint Executive Council (JEC) was held in Regina on Oct. 8. Seven council members also participated remotely through Zoom.

The agenda of the meeting included reports on collective bargaining, GSU finances, the GSU Defense Fund, proposed amendments to the union constitution, union administration and the general secretary’s autumn report to members of the union.

The Council meeting approved resolutions to the 2020 annual meetings of GSU locals and sub-locals which propose to continue the additional dues being paid into the GSU Defense Fund and to amend the union’s constitution by moving GSU's biennial policy convention to odd numbered years beginning with the March 2021 policy convention.

In addition, the Council unanimously approved a resolution to be submitted to the 2021 policy convention whereby the general secretary position would cease to be filled by election and would instead be filled by recruitment and hiring subject to approval by the JEC.

Council members also discussed potential processes for conducting annual meetings of GSU locals and sub-locals while adhering to public health orders and COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.

GSU’s Joint Executive Council is the union’s governing body between policy conventions and is comprised of elected representatives from GSU Locals.

Your GSU rep will be in touch soon with plans for your annual meeting

Its GSU annual meeting season and thanks to COVID, we need to do things differently this time. We're adjusting our practices to address union members’ concerns, and we will be adhering to public health guidelines governing gatherings while we provide access to you and your fellow members to participate in the decisions of your union.

In addition to public health rules affecting the holding of meetings, employers have also restricted access to workplaces in order to prevent COVID-19 spread. With all of this in mind, GSU will do its best to accommodate union members when conducting this autumn’s series of annual Local and Sub-Local meetings.

Would you like In Person, Zoom or some other model of meeting?

If you have a suggestion for a meeting format that would work best for members in your Local or Sub-Local, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

On Oct. 15 and 16 an arbitrator will hear a GSU member's seniority grievance over an employer’s selection decision in filling a vacancy to a position within the union bargaining unit.

The arbitration hearing in Regina will be attended by the union member as well as GSU staff representative Donna Driediger and general secretary Hugh Wagner who will act as counsel for the union. Employer representatives and counsel will also attend.

Arbitration is one of the culminating steps to grievances submitted on behalf of union members in relation to workplace issues where there are allegations of violation of members’ rights under their collective agreements.

Final and binding grievance arbitration is a process for resolving workplace issues that is available only to workers represented by unions. GSU has a long history of providing grievance arbitration access at no cost to workers represented by the union.

If you need assistance or clarification on your rights, don't hesitate to contact your GSU staff rep.

Need assistance? Just want advice? GSU can help. If you have questions about a problem or workplace issue, call us. Our services are provided to you as part of your union dues and there is no additional charge for assisting you.

Turn your bad morning into a good day
It can be hard heading to work after the weekend, and particularly so after a long weekend.

You have the power to embrace each new work week and ensure the first day back after the weekend doesn’t become something you dread. 

Check out these helpful hints for moving past a slow or bad start toward a great (or at least doable) day.

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