June 11, 2019 

GSU calendar highlights for June 10 to 14:
  • 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
  • scholarship applications have been sent to GUS's scholarship committee. 
  • GSU staff will again be on the road this week visiting GSU locations across the Province.
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.

Bargaining Updates

Local 18 (Lloydminster Co-op)

GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee reached a memorandum of settlement with their employer, and on June 5, Local 18 members' voted to accept the terms of the memorandum as the basis of their new four-year collective agreement.

If you have questions, comments or concerns, contact GSU staff representative Dale Markling at  Dale@gsu.ca.

Local 4 (Grain Millers)

On June 12 Local 4 members will vote on a Memorandum of Settlement was agreed to by both parties. 

Because of the 24 hour a day operation requirements voting will be open from 10:00 m to 9:00 pm with meetings scheduled during this time for members to attend, ask questions and hear from their bargaining committee. 

The results of the vote will be detailed in next week's TMM.

Local 15 (Nutrien)

Bargaining Preparations Calendar

Bargaining Survey (June 3 to 30, 2019)

A GSU survey was emailed to all Local 15 (Nutrien) members with email addresses in the GSU database. The survey will remain open for responses until June 30. IF you did not receive a survey email please email gsu@gsu.ca with your email address. Paper copies will also be distributed to work locations for members who prefer that method. 

Workplace Visits (June 3 - 30, 2019)

GSU staff will visit Local 15 (Nutrien) locations in June. The main purpose of these visits is to start discussion  about assembling bargaining proposals to present to Nutrien management when agreement renewal bargaining begins this Fall. 

If you have any questions or concerns the location visits will provide an opportunity to chat with a GSU staff representative, you can also contact your GSU representative by phone or email if needed.

Local 15 Delegate Call (week of June 10, 2019)

In mid-June we will be requesting that GSU members in each Local 15 (Nutrien) Sub-Local nominate delegates to attend a GSU bargaining preparation meeting this autumn where the bargaining priorities identified by members will be consolidated into a set of proposals to present to Nutrien management.

This delegates meeting will be a large round-table discussion for members of Local 15 to hear what is happening in all corners of the province and share thoughts and ideas from their locations. In addition the delegates meeting delegates will elect a committee to conduct agreement renewal bargaining with Nutrien this Fall. 

Talk to co-workers in your location and Sub-Local about bargaining proposals, what is important in your workplace, and who will attend the Local 15 (Nutrien) delegate meeting to share your thoughts and represent you this fall. Union leave with pay and expenses will be arranged for members who agree to serve as delegates and attend the autumn meeting.

Check out your Joint Executive Council's annual report

The 2018/2019 Annual Report to GSU members by the union's Joint Executive Council (board of directors) is available to be read and/or downloaded.
The Annual Report contains important information for GSU members about the business of your union, including the 2018 audited financial statements. GSU prides itself on practicing democracy and transparent administration on behalf of the union's members.

Members wanting a hard copy of the 2018/2019 Annual Report or wanting a PDF copy via email can call 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to  gsu@gsu.ca.


10 things they won't tell you about retirement

The best-kept secrets of life after work.

If you're like many middle-aged Canadians, you used to think that you would retire at 55. Now you're hoping for 65. Once you used to smile fondly at the retirement ads that showed laughing grey-haired couples golfing in tropical paradises. Now you have an overwhelming desire to jump out of the sand trap and smack those smug retirees with a nine iron.

We feel your pain. So let us reassure you. Despite what you may think, there is a lot of good news about retirement. We've talked to a wide-ranging selection of financial experts and we've come away with one conclusion - you're doing far better than you think you are. Join us as we reveal 10 things that most people don't know about retirement, but should.

1. You're not behind at all
2. You'll live longer than you expect
3. You'll see more of your partner - a lot more
4. A part-time job is worth $400,000 in the bank
5. Your employer really does love you
6. Government is more generous than you think
7. You may be missing free money
8. You don't need a million bucks
9. RRSPs aren't always the answer
10. There's a world of possibilities

To read all the information for each of the ten items you can find it here   10 things they won't tell you about retirement

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