November 6, 2018 

Anything can happen, but here's what we have on our calendars for Nov 5 to 9:
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will meet with a member on Tuesday
  • 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 
  • staff Representative Dale Markling will be temporarily absent from work - likely until December. Dale underwent successful hip replacement surgery and is in post-operation recovery. 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:

North Battleford - Sub-Locals 1.6 (Viterra) and 15.6 (Nutrien) 
Nov. 5 - GSU staff: Donna Driediger

North Battleford - Local 17 (Discovery Co-op) 
Nov. 6 - GSU staff: Donna Driediger

Sub-Locals 1.15 (Viterra - Rosetown), 14.9 (Richardson - Kindersley), 15.15 (Nutrien - Rosetown) and 15.21 (Nutrien - Kerrobert) 
Nov. 6 - GSU  staff: Donna Driediger

Sub-Locals 1.18 (Viterra - Prince Albert/White Star) and 15.18 (Nutrien - Prince Albert) 
Nov. 6 - Prince Albert Inn 7:30 p.m.
GSU  staff: Steve Torgerson

Local 16 (Prince Albert Co-op) 
Nov. 7 - station meeting 
GSU staff: Steve Torgerson

Sub-Local 15.19 (Nutrien - Melfort) 
Nov. 7 - lunch meeting at station
GSU staff: Steve Torgerson

TENTATIVE DATE: Sub-Locals 1.13 (Viterra - Tisdale) and 15.13 (Nutrien - Tisdale) 
Nov. 7 -  GSU staff: Steve Torgerson 

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 challenges roll-out of proposed new benefits plan by Nutrien
GSU has filed an objection and a policy grievance in response to a proposed new group benefits plan for Nutrien employees represented by the union.
"GSU representatives were given a broad overview of the proposed new group benefits plan in mid-September. Since then we've been pressing for a follow-up, more information and confirmation that the new plan is equivalent to the existing plan, " said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "Unfortunately Nutrien management has not provided the necessary information or assurances. In the meantime union members have raised significant concerns about benefits equivalency and GSU has taken action."
If you have any concerns of questions talk to your GSU staff representative. Updates will follow as there are developments to report.   

The Riders are in their first home playoff game since 2013, and we have tickets to the game.
Even though the Riders didn't finish in top spot in the West we are all still happy that we have a home playoff game this Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. If you are interested in winning one of two sets of two tickets to the game this weekend, all you have to do is email us your answer to the following question. Entries sent in by Thursday at 12:00 noon will be entered in the draw. 

The cold weather and snow is here. What winter activity are you most excited for? 

Email your answers into to be entered to win. Good luck!

6 tips for working safe in cold weather
How to stay safe when the temperature drops 

Working in cold conditions isn't just uncomfortable, it can be dangerous. Frostbite, numbness, dehydration and hypothermia are real concerns from chilly outdoor weather. If you're working outdoors this winter, be aware of the dangers and stay safe. 
Learn more about each bullet point by visiting the following link:  6 Tips for Working Safe in Cold Weather.

Another great place for more information about working outdoors visit Saskatchewan Workplace Safety at:  Working Outdoors

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