October 20, 2020

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

Local 15 members will receive their bargaining packages and mail-in ballot in the mail this week. If you are a member of Local 15 and you don't receive your package by Oct. 23, contact the GSU office.

Deadline for receipt of ballots at the GSU Regina office is noon on Monday, Nov. 2.

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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GSU Local 5 (Western Producer) - Oct. 25 & 27

Bargaining continues next week in Saskatoon.

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

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Autumn 2020 membership meetings

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.

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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Local 15 (Nutrien) ratification vote is underway

After meeting with Nutrien management for a total of 11 days spanning from Dec. 13, 2019 to Oct. 1, 2020, our GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining committee reached a tentative settlement. The settlement is subject to approval by the members and GSU's bargaining committee is recommending acceptance.   

As is the case with most things in 2020, COVID-19 health guidelines are playing a role in how ratification of the settlement is being conducted. Our usual format of in-person ratification meetings for members was replaced with video conference meetings, and the memorandum of settlement vote is being conducted by postal ballot to help members participate safely. Information packages were sent to bargaining unit members on Oct. 13 to ensure everyone has a printed copy of the committee's bargaining report, memorandum of settlement, and a mail-in ballot.

Local 15 members who do not receive their bargaining packge by Oct. 23 should contact the GSU office.

The deadline for receipt of ballots at the GSU Regina office is 12:00 noon on Monday, Nov. 2.
GSU bargaining committee members will be in attendance to scrutinize the count and Nutrien members will be advised of the results when the count is completed. 

GSU bargaining committee members are Local 15 president Brian Cowan, Lynn Shaw, Curtis Cousins, Steve Torgerson (GSU staff), and Dale Markling (GSU staff/committee spokesperson) .

Watch your email for your membership meeting notice

It's 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 behalf of the members, officers, and staff of Grain and General Services Union, we extend congratulations to our five GSU scholarship recipients:

Tyler Buenneke – Dependent Scholarship recipient
Son of Local 1 (Viterra) member Mark Buenneke
Dayne Patterson – Dependent Scholarship recipient
Son of Local 15 (Nutrien) member Robert Patterson
Alexis Wood – Dependent Scholarship recipient
Daughter of Local 2 (Viterra Office) member Sheila Tran
Ty Nikolejsin – Member Scholarship recipient
Local 15 (Nutrien) member
Marc Rapin – Member Scholarship recipient
Local 16 (Lake Country Co-op) summer student.
For the next five weeks we will be highlighting each of our scholarship recipients. You can learn more about our GSU scholarship program here.

Thank you to GSU president Jim Brown, GSU vice president Brett North, and Joint Executive Council member/Local 15 president Brian Cowan for serving as our 2020 scholarship committee.

Congratulations to GSU Scholarship recipient Dayne Patterson.

Dayne is the son of GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) member Robert Patterson. Dayne is registered at the University of King's College where he is taking one year to complete his Master of Journalism.

Congratulations on being selected as a scholarship recipient, Dayne. We are happy to contribute toward your continued education and we wish you success in your future endeavours.
Rest is a requirement, not a reward
It's okay to look after yourself. In fact, it's encouraged.

Curling up with a blanket on the couch or taking a night off to relax and do your own thing isn't a reward you need to earn. Being well rested and enjoying some down time is an important part of self care. Afterall, looking after yourself is a determining factor in whether you are able to keep yourself motivated, reinvigorated, and ready to tackle everything you want or need to do.

When we aren't well rested, everything starts to go sideways. And if you aren't taking care of yourself and making sure your own requirements for self-care are met, who is going to do that for you?

If you find yourself nodding along as you read the items on this list, it's time for a rest:

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.