November 26,  2019 

Upcoming events:

Sask. Labour Relations Board Hearing - Regina, Dec. 5 and 6
The Board will hear the dispute between GSU Local 15 and Nutrien regarding the status of the Ag retail outlets at Fielding, Kincaid and Norquay.

GSU Defense Fund Board of Directors meeting* - Regina, Dec. 11
This five-member board will meet to review the investment portfolio. Learn more about the board here.

GSU biennial convention* - March 19-21, 2020
We are counting on GSU members - like you - to come to convention, share your thoughts and experiences, and let us know what you think your union should be doing for its members. 
Registration will open, soon.  All members of GSU are eligible to attend, but space is limited.  Contact your staff rep to learn more.

Contact your GSU staff rep if you are interested in attending or learning more about an event.

*GSU members who sign up and are approved to participate in GSU-sanctioned events will have their time off work, wages, and expenses covered in accordance with GSU's expense policies (child care included). GSU staff will also assist you with arranging the time off with your employer.

Busy bargaining calendar for GSU locals
A collective agreement is a contract that describes the terms and conditions of employment for employees in their workplace, the rights of employees, and the obligations of the employer. Collective agreements protect employees.

GSU's goal is to expand on and improve collective agreements through effective collective bargaining with employers. 

Bargaining is underway or set to begin shortly in a number of GSU Locals. Watch upcoming Tuesday Members' Memos and the GSU web page at for bargaining updates. 

Local 19 - Prairie Co-operative bargaining - Melville, Nov. 25 & 26
Local 19 bargaining committee members are Colin Phillips (Strasbourg), Devin Lipinski (Cupar), and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Steve Torgerson. 

Local 5 - Western Producer - Saskatoon, Nov. 26
Michelle Houlden, Sharlene Tetrault, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling are Local 5's bargaining committee members. 

Local 15 - Nutrien - TBD
December dates are being rescheduled for early January. GSU's 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.

Local 7 - Heartland Livestock - TBD
Previously scheduled December bargaining dates have been postponed. The Local 7 bargaining committee is comprised of Heather Mackay (Regina), Tyler Sherwood (Yorkton), and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Donna Driediger.

If you are unfamiliar with the bargaining process or you want to learn more about how bargaining works, check out this handy infographic from MGEU

GSU works hard to enforce the rights and benefits in your collective agreement. Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone, so don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions about a problem in your workplace.

House hippos are back to Break the Fake

Canada's favourite house hippo is back to help Break the Fake

Social media is wonderful for keeping in touch and sharing information, but social media also shares a lot information that is simply isn't true. 

Do you remember ten years ago, when people were surprised to hear that Canada had mischievous little house hippos wandering our homes at night? If technology in 2009 could make it look like a tiny hippo was bathing in your dog's bowl, can you imagine what can be created in 2019?

It's even easier than ever to create and publish printed fake news. Anyone can do it, and too many of us simply hit the share button without checking the facts, helping to perpetuate the lie.

Do you know how to tell the difference between fake news and the real thing? 
Learn more about how to tell what's true online at You can also print their handy guide, here.

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