August 7, 2018 

Upcoming events

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Upcoming events

SFL Summer Camp
August 25 - 31, 2018, Camp Easter Seal, Manitou Lake, SK.
Learn more about camp here

OH&S Conference
September 12-14, 2018, Delta Hotel, Regina, SK.
Learn more about the conference here

SFL Convention
October 24-27, 2018, Regina, SK.
Learn more about convention here

If you are interested in attending any of these events contact your staff representative for more information.

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

The Riders are in their by week and looking to come back against Calgary who are in Regina for a rematch on August 19, 2018.

For a chance to win 2 tickets to the game send in your answer to the question below to To be entered for the draw entries must be sent in by 12:00 noon on August 13, 2018. 

What is a misconception people might have about your job?

Ticket winners will be announced in the August 14, 2018 TMM. Good luck!

Another EI Appeal Win Saves $9664 for Former Member

A GSU member working for the Western Producer received notice that his position was being eliminated effective the end of July 2017

The union member elected to go on layoff subject to recall and to defer his employment termination date for six months, as provided for in the GSU collective agreement with the employer. The member applied for and received EI benefits as well the supplemental employment benefit top up provided in the GSU collective agreement.

The union member's employment with the Western Producer terminated six months later and he became eligible to receive severance pay under the terms of GSU's collective agreement. Severance pay was subsequently calculated and paid to the member.

On May 26, 2018 the GSU member received notice from the EI Commission that the monies he received for severance pay would be applied against his EI claim from August 6, 2017 to October 13, 2018 and EI benefits he received would be clawed back.

With assistance from GSU Staff Rep Dale Markling the member requested that the EI Commission's decision be reconsidered. On August 1, 2018 he received word from the Commission that his reconsideration had been granted and he would not be required to repay $9664 in EI benefits.

"This situation and period of uncertainty for the former Western producer employee was caused in large measure by the employer's actions," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "In the end it worked out as a result of the member and GSU working together. The employer was no help whatsoever."

"When GSU members experience work related problems GSU is always ready to help and we do get results," said Wagner.

After 10 Years Studying Sleep, the U.S. Military Just Revealed Something Eye-Opening About Caffeine 

You might think if you're tired, just drink coffee until you wake up. Turns out, it's a bit more complex than that.

We've seen over and over that there are tremendous health benefits to drinking coffee--even a heck of a lot of coffee--including substantial increases in lifespan.

But if you think American office workers are especially sleep-deprived and powered by caffeine, it turns out we've got nothing on the U.S. military.

The CDC says normal humans need eight to nine hours of sleep; about 40 percent of U.S. soldiers get fewer than five. And that's when they're stationed at home, sleeping their "normal" amount. The sleep deprivation gets even more extreme when they're in combat.

Their primary self-treatment? Coffee, and lots of it--or else caffeine-laden drinks like soda, diet soda, and energy drinks. (Especially Rip It brand energy drinks.)

All of which explains why the U.S. has spent decades studying sleep deprivation. Now, they've pulled it all together in a mathematical formula that can help anyone--military or civilian--figure out the optimal amount of caffeine they need in order to stay alert.

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.

We here at GSU strive to find interesting and relevant stories for the TMM. We scour the internet looking for Top Lists, Stories, How-to's or information that fits what we want ot share with ourt members in the TMM.  We think we achieve that most weeks, but we may not this week with this story

We know this has very little practical knowledge or really relates to so few people in the world you wonder why this is even a How-to. But when we came across this step by step process on how to care for a miniature horse we felt it had to be included. 

Not so much to inform but more to entertain.


A miniature horse can be a wonderful addition to your stable, as they are fun animals to raise and interact with. They are typically easy to care for and their daily cost and the space they require is less than that of an average-sized horse. That said, a miniature horse does need all the same daily care that any horse would need in order to keep it healthy and happy. Overall, it's important to make sure it is housed, fed, groomed, and cared for properly. If you make sure all of these things are done, you will have a happy, healthy miniature horse for years to come.

Step 4 - Provide a companion animal.  Miniature horses should not be housed alone. Ideally, you will have several miniature horses that can keep each other company. However, you can also use other animals as companion animals, such as donkeys, dogs, sheep, or goats. [6]
  • Miniature horses are social creatures, so they should never be kept alone. However, you do need to take their individual personalities into consideration when choosing a companion for them. For instance, if you have a grumpy horse, you will want to give it a companion animal that will give it some space and will not respond poorly to its stubbornness.

To read the entire article How to Care for a Miniature Horse  follow the link. 

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