October 30, 2018 

Anything can happen, but here's what we have on our calendars for Oct. 29 to Nov. 2:
  • Annual general membership meetings are being scheduled. Talk to your co-workers about your preferred date for a meeting, talk to your GSU staff rep, and watch your email for your meeting notice 
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner and staff representatives Donna Driediger and Steve Torgerson attended grievance meetings on Monday morning.
  • Hugh will meet with a member on Wednesday.
  • 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 gsu@gsu.ca 
  • Agreement renewal bargaining on behalf of GSU Local 14 with Richardson International Limited begins November 1 and 2. Local 14's bargaining proposals will be published after the first bargaining meeting with the employer's representatives. Local 14's bargaining committee is Dennis Piasta (Kindersley), Dylan Pilon (Assiniboia) Justin Shauf (Langenburg), general secretary Hugh Wagner and GSU staff representative Steve Torgerson. 
  • 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 gsu@gsu.ca.

Annual General Membership meetings this week:

Sub-Local 1.5 (Viterra - Humboldt)  & Sub-Local 15.5 (Nutrien - Humboldt)
Monday, Oct. 29 
GSU staff: Donna Driediger

Sub-Local 14.6 (Richardson - Assiniboia) & Sub-Local 15.7 (Nutrien - Gravelbourg)
Monday, Oct 29
GSU Staff: Hugh Wagner

Sub-Local 14.2 (Richardson - Langenburg)
Tuesday, Oct. 30
GSU Staff: Hugh Wagner

Local 4 (Grain Millers)
Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gallagher Centre
GSU Staff: Steve Torgerson

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

Bargaining Update

GSU and Richardson International Bargaining

GSU Local 14's bargaining with Richardson International Limited is scheduled  to begin in Regina on Thursday, November 1 and continue on Friday, November  2 with the exchange of bargaining proposals for amendment and renewal of the  collective agreement between the union and the company. Local 14 will be  represented by Dennis Piasta (Kindersley), Dylan Pilon (Assiniboia), Justin  Shauf (Langenburg), GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson and general secretary Hugh  Wagner.

Local 14's bargaining proposals will be published following presentation to  company management representatives. Reports on bargaining progress will be  issued as the process moves forward.

GSU and Viterra Bargaining

GSU's Local 1 and 2 bargaining committee is in the process of arranging  dates for agreement renewal collective bargaining with Viterra Inc.. GSU has  provided Viterra management with a number of dates to meet and begin  bargaining covering Saskatchewan country  operations/maintenance employees  and Regina head office employees. Reports will follow as dates are set and  the bargaining gets underway.

GSU and Advance Bargaining

Agreement renewal bargaining between AEA/GSU Local 8 and Advance Tank  Production Ltd. and Advance Tank Centres Ltd. will resume on November 16.  Bargaining proposals were exchanged on October 22. Reports will follow as  there are developments to report

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

SFL Convention Convened in Regina

Along with nearly 500 delegates from unions around Saskatchewan, 22 GSU  delegates to the 63rd annual convention of the Saskatchewan Federation of  Labour (SFL) met in Regina from October 24 to 27. In addition to debating  many resolutions on labour and public policy issues, convention delegates  took time to pay tribute to Larry Hubich who is retiring after 16 years of  tireless  leadership and service as president of the SFL. Hubich officially  retires on October 31st. We wish Larry a long, happy and healthy retirement.

GSU's Joint Executive Council voted unanimously to make Larry Hubich a  lifetime member of the union in recognition of his more than forty years'  service to GSU and the labour movement.

Lori Johb (SEIU West) was elected by acclamation to be the SFL's new  president following on her very solid service as secretary treasurer of the  provincial labour federation. Julie Sanderson (CUPW Saskatoon) was elected  to be the new secretary treasurer. We wish sisters Johb and Sanderson all  the best in their new leadership roles.

On the frontline of Youth Mental Health

The   Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) has released a compelling short documentary highlighting the importance of breaking stigmas around mental health, letting kids know it's okay to need and ask for help, and equipping  youth with the coping skills they need to deal with life's stresses. The documentary, On the frontline of Youth Mental Health, is part of SUN's  Making the Difference campaign, showcasing how Registered Nurses playing leading roles on the front lines of our health care system.

Watch the documentary below.

DOCUMENTARY: On the Frontline of Youth Mental Health in Saskatchewan
DOCUMENTARY: On the Frontline of Youth Mental Health in Saskatchewan

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