May 11, 2021

Calendar highlights and upcoming events:

GSU scholarship application deadline - June 1

GSU members, spouses and dependants are eligible. Learn more here.

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Prairie School for Union Women - June 22-25

Save the date for this virtual school. GSU will sponsor up to three members to attend. Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more.

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Are you being pressured to take time off?
Recently a number of members have contacted GSU to inquire about their rights with respect to banked overtime. Apparently, the individuals were being pressured by local management to take time off instead of being paid out or waiting for a time more to the member's liking.

It is important for members to remember that using banked overtime as time off work with pay is subject to mutual agreement. In other words, the employer can’t force an employee to take banked time. Furthermore, ahead of all else it is the employee’s right to insist that they be paid for baked overtime.

“Some employers have urged employees to take banked overtime to cover all or part of a layoff due to shut down," said GSU staff representative Steve Torgerson. "Before accepting this approach employees should check into their eligibility for supplemental employment benefits under their GSU agreement since by taking banked time to delay the impact of the layoff they might actually be subsidizing the employer’s costs.”

If a member happens to be laid off they can also request a payout of banked overtime without affecting their EI claim.

Need clarification? Contact your GSU staff rep

We’re here to answer your questions, and no question is too small. Our services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

GSU has a layoff organizer brochure available in hard copy or by email. Contact Steve Torgerson for your copy.

Only 3 weeks left until the application deadline!

GSU is awarding $2,000 scholarships to five GSU members, their spouses and children
Have you, your spouse or dependant child been accepted
into university or tech school?

If your answer is YES, you are eligible to apply for a GSU scholarship.
We don't need transcripts or marks, but we do require confirmation the scholarship applicant is enrolled in a diploma, degree, or certificate program at a community college, university, trade school, or technical institute as a full-time student in any country. We also need the applicant to complete our application form, send us their two-page essay on the provided essay topic, and include a letter of recommendation from someone in their community. That's it.

It's easy to apply.

Scholarship forms and additional information are available here.

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2021.

Unemployed Workers Help Centre specializes in providing EI information and advocacy services for claimants throughout Saskatchewan 

The Unemployed Workers Help Centre (UWHC) is an independent, community-based organization with offices in Regina and Saskatoon which provides information and advocacy services for Employment Insurance claimants throughout Saskatchewan. All services are funded by Saskatchewan Trade Unions (including GSU) and the Government of Saskatchewan and are free of charge to workers needing assistance.

There are a number of ways the UWHC helps workers:

Assistance finding out information regarding claims for benefits and accessing the Employment Insurance Program.

Representation at appeals and assistance with EI program decisions that have affected you negatively.

If other assistance is required, the UWHC can refer you to other organizations which could be of assistance.

Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more about how the UWHC can assist you, or contact the centre nearest you.
UWHC - Regina Office
400-2221 Cornwall Street
Regina, SK S4P 2L1
Phone 306.525.5138
UWHC - Saskatoon Office
2154 Airport Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7L 6M6
Phone 306.382.8662
Are you a highly sensitive person?
Do you have a friend who just seems to have a sixth sense about everything around them? Or are you the one who is able to pick up on the smallest subtleties or emotions of others?

Being a highly sensitive person goes far beyond finding it hard not to take things personally. It can mean you are moved by art, you hate scary movies, or you find your eyes well up quickly when you are happy, sad, or touched by an interaction you see. Highly sensitive people are also very likely to be extremely polite.

Sounds like you? Check out the signs that you may be an highly sensitive person:

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.