October 22 , 2019 

Upcoming events:

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour convention - Oct. 23-25 - Saskatoon
GSU is an SFL affiliate, and GSU members, officers and staff will be  attending convention. 

GSU's annual membership meetings - autumn 2019
Meetings are underway. Watch your email for updates and contact your GSU staff rep if you need more information.

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.

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner was asked for banked o vertime clarification  when local management began suggesting to employees they were obliged to use up or be paid any banked overtime above 40 hours.
Wagner raised the matter with HR to confirm the understanding between GSU and Viterra that employees can carry up to 80 hours in their overtime bank before being required to take time off work or be paid for the banked time. Viterra HR confirmed the 80-hour banked time understanding.
"Every so often the local understanding about the rules and the give and take covering various working conditions needs to be refreshed, " said Wagner. "When an issue arises, contact your union representatives. We're always happy to help."

Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone, and sometimes a brief comment, email, or meeting is all that's needed to address a situation. Call your GSU staff rep when you have questions or think there is a problem to be fixed. 

GSU bargaining updates
  • Local 5 (Western Producer)
    Members met in early October and finalized their proposals. Oct. 22, 28, and 29 are scheduled for negotiations with company representatives.
  • Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) 
    Notice to bargain will be served in November. Members will be putting together their proposals at their next meeting.
  • Local 7 (Heartland)
    Notice to bargain has been served. There are no dates scheduled for bargaining.
  • Local 15 (Nutrien)
    Elected representatives met Sept. 19 and finalized their bargaining proposals package. Notice to bargain has been served to the Company.  No bargaining dates have been scheduled. 
  • Local 16 (Lake Country Co-operative)
    The new collective agreement has been signed by the Company and the Union.
  • Local 17 (Discovery Co-op)
    The members voted to accept the company's final offer and the terms of the agreement are being implemented. The highlights of the settlement include a 1.25% increase in each of four years retroactive to Nov. 1, 2018 and a $1,500 lump sum payment to each employee. 
  • Local 18 (Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association) 
    The new collective agreement has been drafted for review, approval, and signature by the parties.

Bargaining updates and information will be shared in future Tuesday Members' Memos and on our web page at gsu.ca.

Annual membership meetings are underway  

It's that time of year . If you haven't received your annual general meeting notice yet, you will be receiving it soon. Learn more here about what to expect at your meeting. 

Wa tch your email for your notice. 

If there is a meeting date  and time that works well for you and your co-workers, let your rep know. And i f you have something specific you would like addressed at your meeting, tell your staff rep.

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information.

(Head table - L-r) GSU Local 9 (Hi-Pro) incoming vice-president Jordan, outgoing president Kelly, and vice president Kevin took care of business at their Oct. 20 membership meeting in Chilliwack.

Why you should never stop learning

Things are constantly changing and presenting us with opportunities to learn something new. It seems there is no end to Facebook upgrades; new ways to listen, watch and read; and the barrage of  updates and upgrades for your smart phone. Processes and equipment are constantly changing at work, too, and it's important to challenge yourself to keep learning in your workplace so you stay relevant and current.

Stimulating your mind by learning new things also makes you more interesting, it fights boredom, and it can even make you less likely to get dementia.

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