February 19, 2019 

Anything can happen, but here's our schedule for Feb. 19 - 22:
  • 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
  • staff rep Dale Markling and the Local 16 (Lake Country) bargaining committee meet with management representatives for a bargaining session on Wednesday and Thursday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner is meeting with a member on Friday
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.
Bargaining Updates

GSU/Viterra bargaining productive, settlement yet to be reached
The bargaining committee for GSU Locals 1 and 2 met with Viterra management on February 12 and 13.
According to GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner, the bargaining meetings were productive but a settlement has yet to be reached.
"The Union bargaining committee is planning to convene a conference call with Local 1 delegates on February 21," Wagner said. "The purpose of the conference call is to update and consult with the delegates in relation to key bargaining issues."
"Following the call with the delegates I will be contacting Viterra management to arrange for a follow up to the February 13 bargaining meeting," Wagner said.
AEA/GSU Local 8 members vote, approve settlement
Members of AEA/GSU Local 8 have voted to approve a new three-year collective agreement with Advance Tank Production Ltd./Advance Tank Centres Ltd.
The new collective agreement provides for a wage increase of 2 percent effective and retroactive to Nov. 1, 2018, followed by increases of 2 percent effective Nov. 1, 2019 and Nov. 1, 2020. 

Among other items, the new collective agreement also includes language to better address plant closure and a 25 ¢  per hour increase to shift and unusual work premiums.
The membership ratification vote was held on Feb. 14.
GSU staff rep Dale Markling is working with an employer to fill a position on a temporary performance of higher duty basis until the position is filled on a permanent basis. 

"When employees are expected to cover a higher position for a period of time they should be compensated for the additional duties and responsibility as defined in their collective agreement," Markling said.

Do you have questions about temporary performance of higher duty? Contact your staff rep. C ontact information is available on our web page at gsu.ca .

Staff rep services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you. 

Carol Dick won two tickets to a RUSH game. Will you be the winner of our March 2 RUSH game tickets?

In last week's contest we asked you what team you would want to be a member of. As usual, your answers didn't disappoint, running the gamut between Floyd Mayweather's money team and the team who chooses the Kraft Hockeywille winner to Chris Hemsworth's massage team and the Wild Women Expedition team.

With so many great answers it's fortunate we use a random number generator to choose our winner, and this time it was Carol Dick's number that was the winner.

Congratulations, Carol. We think you would be a great member of the STARS team, and team RUSH will be lucky to have you in the stands this Friday to watch them take on the Colorado Mammoths.

We have two tickets to give away to the March 2 RUSH v. CALGARY ROUGHNECKS game.

Send us your answer to the following question and we'll put your name in the draw:

What is something very common that you have never done before?

Maybe you have never flown. Perhaps you have never had a pair of skates on your feet. Whatever it is, we want to here from you.

Send your answer to gsu@gsu.ca by 9:00 a.m. Feb. 25 to enter. Good luck!

Don't wait to ask for help

If you are struggling at work or at home, it can be really hard to ask for help. Many of us have been conditioned to think asking for help is a sign of weakness or a bother to others, so we go it alone, put on a brave face, and take multi-tasking to an extreme.

While most of us are happy to help others, we forget we also deserve the luxury of having someone else pitch in to help us out. So whether you are overwhelmed personally or professionally, take a deep breath and ask for help. 

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