March 26, 2019 


Anything can happen, but this is our schedule for March 25-29

  • 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
  • on Monday, staff representative Donna Driediger toured a potential location for GSU's 2020 biennial policy convention 
  • staff representative Steve Torgerson had a Monday meeting regarding the SFL Summer Camp
  • staff representative Dale Markling met with members of Local 15 (Nutrien) Monday evening
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner, staff representative Donna Driediger and the Local 1 and 2 (Viterra) bargaining committee are meeting company representatives for bargaining on Tuesday and Wednesday in Regina
  • Steve Torgerson and the Local 4 (Grain Millers) bargaining committee are scheduled for contract negotiations with Company representatives on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Yorkton
  • Dale Markling has grievance hearings scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.

Bargaining Updates

Local 17 (Discovery Co-op) bargaining update

Negotiations took place last week with Co-op's bargaining committee submitting a final offer at the table. Members of Local 17 have voted to reject the offer. Notice of dispute will be served to the Minister of Labour to assign a conciliator.

Local 18 (Lloydminster Co-op) bargaining update 

Negotiations took place last week with Co-op's bargaining committee submitting a final offer at the table. Members of Local 18 have voted to reject the offer. Notice of dispute will be served to the Minister of Labour to assign a conciliator.

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

Bargaining With Viterra resumes today

GSU Locals 1 and 2 bargaining committee will resume agreement renewal collective bargaining with Viterra representatives this afternoon and continue as required on March 27. 

Your GSU bargaining committee's objective is to bargain the terms of new agreements, subject to ratification by members of GSU Local 1 and 2. 

A further update will be issues following the bargaining meetings. 

Local 4 (Grain Millers) bargaining resumes

The next round of negotiations will take place next week on March 26 - 28. 

A bargaining update will be issued following the bargaining. 

GSU members have a lot of fight in them! Congratulations to this week's ticket winner Mark Pankratz

As always, GSU members sent in great entries for the draw for RUSH tickets. Below are several of the entries showing why it is important to fight for what you want.
  • I used to compete in martial arts on a regular basis, so what I fought for was just the pride of training hard for 3 to 4 months to test yourself against another competitor just for a chance to capture the feeling of victory and feeling all your hard work come to fruition  
  • I have fought for a wife that is waaaayyy out of my league. Hahaha but sometimes perseverance pays off.
  • I had to work for my sanity over the last two years.  It was a the hardest think i have lived through losing both my parents in 27 days!  Going through that, taking care of the estate and looking after both my kids and their activities, I look back and not sure how i'm still standing! 
  • One thing I worked hard for and got was my first house. Saving up for a couple years and not spending much was a fight but it was worth it.
  • I battled a big salmon in Vancouver during a fishing tournament that actually was big enough for us to win the tournament!
  • As a single parent, I struggled for years trying to raise two boys and make ends meet, while receiving Social Services support. I fought hard, working 4 or 5 and sometimes 6 part-time jobs with my parents providing free babysitting, to get us off of SS and independent! It worked! It was hard work and a lot of perseverance and praying, but it worked! Something I'm still proud of 20 years later!
  • I worked hard for 5 years to get custody of my son. Worth every minute.
  • The one thing I fought for was to get healthier after I ballooned up in university. Conscious decisions to exercise and eat right were always difficult.  
  • Something I had to fight for was my health! Having bone tumors for over 12 years and last year being diagnosed with Cancer was a real fight to say the least. It only made me stronger, though! And something that made me love and take care of myself more than ever
  • The fish subject sounded like a good one! I fought for 40 minutes to reel in this 50" lake trout at Selwyn Lake, NWT! It was the biggest one caught on that lake ever! 

Only two more home games before playoffs begin 

Watch upcoming TMMs for your chance to win tickets to the April 13 game.

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.

Nothing says Spring like spring cleaning ... and insurance

Spring is a welcome change after a tough winter, but warmer weather comes a new series of challenges. 

The Insurance Bureau of Canada have put together a series of helpful infographic tips to keep you safe and help you transition smoothly through the Spring months.

Click on the infographics below to see a larger version, or view the entire list of hints in the article  IBC - Spring Season

Spring cleaning for home and car

Car Maintenance

Water Damage and Spring Thaw

Fire Prevention


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