April 4, 2019
Anything can happen, but this is our schedule for April 3 - 7:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- GSU staff held a staff meeting at 11:00 Monday morning
- arrangements are being finalized for Local 1 and 2 (Viterra) ratification meetings. Watch your email for meeting dates
- Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.
Locals 1 & 2 (Viterra - Country Operations/Maintenance and Head Office)
Locals 1 and 2 Bargaining Update
GSU's bargaining committee is reviewing a final offer from Viterra and expects to send a report to Local 1 and 2 members no later than Wednesday, April 3.
Local 4 (Grain Millers) bargaining meeting April 10, 2019
committee met with Company representatives last week for three days which was the second time both sides have met since negotiations began.
The Company has taken a hard line this past round and has not made significant movement in the last three days. The bargaining committee feels the best option at this point is to hold a meeting with members to discuss where the membership would like to go from here.
A series of meeting at scheduled for April 10, 2019 and the committee is looking forward to full meetings and hearing from Local 4 members.
Alex MacKay, Ryan McNabb, Kerry Whitters, Tyler Chorneyko, Glen Wlaschuk and your staff representative Steve Torgerson.
Local 17 (Discovery Co-op) bargaining update
The Local 17 membership rejected the Company's final offer and the parties are at an impasse. The Union has served notice of impasse to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. It is expected that the Minister will appoint a conciliator and dates will be set up within the next 60 days to try and reach an agreement.
Local 18 (Lloydminster Co-op) bargaining update
The Local 18 membership rejected the Company's final offer and the parties are at an impasse. The Union has served notice of impasse to the Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. It is expected that the Minister will appoint a conciliator and dates will be set up within the next 60 days to try and reach an agreement.
SFL Central Strategy Committee - Solidarity Committee UFCW 1400 (Saskatoon Co-op)
Please see below and attached. A motion from the Central Strategy Committee meeting March 21st, 2019.
Please see attached the News Release regarding the Solidarity Committee that was formed in support of UFCW 1400 striking workers at the Saskatoon Coop and went out this morning. Please share this with your members along with the message you wish to convey to them. We avoided using the word 'boycott' as the request was withdrawn, however some will encourage their members to not support any Coop, FCL or FCL Holdings while the strike is on.
For your reference the motion passed at the Central Strategy Committee reads;
Motion that the SFL support a solidarity campaign urging union members to not shop at Co-ops across Saskatchewan, including FCL and FCL Holdings, until the Saskatoon Co-op has settled its dispute with UFCW 1400 members.
Please let me know if you have questions. I am certain we will have further solidarity actions to follow in the coming days.
Lori Johb, President
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
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2 Tickets for the RUSH game April 13 up for grabs - on fan appreciation night!
As the regular season is winding to a close and playoffs are looming this second last home game is fan appreciation night. The Sask RUSH are definitely appreciated by the fans now it is a chance for the RUSH to show the fans their appreciation.
If you would like to enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to the game Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. just email in your answer to the question below to
Being appreciative is a good thing to show though we don't always get a chance to show it. Tell us one person, business, club or group that you appreciate and why for a chance to win.
Send in your answers by 12:00 noon on Friday, April 7, 2019 to be entered to win. Winners will be announced in next weeks TMM.
Stand Up For What You Believe In
One of the most prominent African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr, said, "A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." While you might think that this a little harsh or drastic, taking action to stand up for what you believe in is considered by many to be one of the most important values as a leader, in business and in life in general. We mainly see people standing up for what they believe in rights movements, or politics, or by people with important causes that they believe strongly in.
Yet in many quarters of society, we see people who silence their opinions and lose their authenticity in an attempt to be liked by everyone or to appease both sides of an ideological divide. Some get muted by those with louder voices, or are repressed in a wide number of ways.
The same thing happens in the business world. In an effort to build relationships and secure an internal support base, leaders can lose sight of who they are and what they stand for.
This article has been printed for entertainment purposes. The views and opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those of GSU, its members, officers, or staff.
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