April 16, 2019 

Anything can happen, but this is our schedule April 15 to 19:
  • 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
  • Local 1 & 2 (Viterra) ratification meetings are underway. Members should check their email for meeting times and dates. 
  • GSU staff representatives are on the road this week and they can be reached on their cell phones. That information is available at gsu.ca.
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.

Bargaining Updates

Locals 1 (Viterra - Country Operations/Maintenance) and Local 2 (Viterra Head Office) 

A tentative settlement has been reached and ratification meetings are underway. Check your email for a copy of the tentative settlement and details about your ratification meeting.

Bargaining committee members:
Local 1 - Jim Brown (Balgonie), Brett North (Moose Jaw), Wilfred Harris (Carnduff), Travis Brewer (Saskatoon) 
Local 2 - Sheila Tran (Regina), Howard Wilson (Regina)
GSU staff - Hugh Wagner, Donna Driediger.

Local 4 (Grain Millers) bargaining meeting April 10, 2019

The Local 4 members came out to 2 meetings on April 10 to get an update on the progress of negotiations. Turn out was high and members heard where negotiations are at and the committee heard where the members want the negotiations to go.

Member input and direction is key to building a strong, focused and respectful collective bargaining relationship with the Company. The bargaining committee will meet with the Company again on May 2, 2019. 

Bargaining committee members:
Alex MacKay, Ryan McNabb, Kerry Whitters, Tyler Chorneyko, Glen Wlaschuk, and GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson.

Local 17 (Discovery Co-op) bargaining update

GSU's Local 17 members rejected the company's final offer and the parties are at an impasse. 

The Union served notice of impasse to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and we expect the Minister will appoint a conciliator to arrange conciliated bargaining session(s) within the next 60 days to assist the parties and attempt to reach an agreement.

Local 18 (Lloydminster Co-op) bargaining update 

As was the case in Local 17, GSU's Local 18 members also rejected the company's final offer and the parties are at an impasse.  The Union served notice of impasse to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and we expect the Minister will appoint a conciliator to assist the parties and arrange a conciliated bargaining session(s) within the next 60 days.

Have you been accepted into university or tech school? 
Are you a GSU member, spouse or dependant of a GSU member? 
If your answer is YES, you are eligible to apply for a GSU scholarship.

GSU is offering five $2,000 scholarships to GSU members, spouses and dependants in 2019

GSU is pleased to offer $2,000 scholarships to five students who demonstrate hard work, a willingness to seek further education to improve themselves, and a drive to inspire positive change in their communities.

The scholarship competition is open to GSU members, their spouses, and dependent children who have not previously won.

Scholarship applicants must be 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. 

Learn more about the scholarship program and download your scholarship forms and guidelines here: GSU scholarship program

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2019.


Last Home Game of the 2018/19 Regular Season!

With the regular season finishing up on April 27, 2019 and in recognition of all the great entries we have had for the RUSH ticket draws we are going to make this draw the easiest yet!

If you want to win 2 tickets for the April 27, 2019 game all you have to do is send in your answer to the following question.

Do you want to win tickets to the final regular season game of the RUSH?

Send in your answers to gsu@gsu.ca by 12:00 noon on Friday, April 19, 2019 for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in next weeks' TMM.  

4 Scientific Reasons Vacations Are Good for Your Health

How many times have you wanted to take a vacation but thought, I just have too much to do?

How many times have you complained how exhausted you are but without doing anything about it?

How many times have you been frustrated by the long hours you are working, but without giving yourself a rest?

Even among those who actually do go on vacation, three in five admitted to doing some work. A quarter were contacted by a coworker while they were on vacation, and 20 percent were contacted by their supervisor about a work-related issue.

It's time we say " enough is enough" and learn to put our needs first. Taking time off is good for your mental and physical health, and you can come back more productive and effective. It's a win-win.

There are incredible benefits to taking time off--maybe you should rethink your lack of vacation. Check out these  4 Scientific Reasons Vacations Are Good for Your Health.

AND To assist in your vacation needs it is always best to find what is close to home. Check out what Saskatchewan has to offer and plan a trip to see or do something in our own backyard! 

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