June 20 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for June 19 to 23:

Anything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week:
  • the Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday. 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.regina@sasktel.net
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner met with GSU members on Monday
  • staff rep Dale Markling is continuing member visitations this week
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier will consult with GSU legal counsel on Wednesday
  • staff rep Dale Markling will attend a Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) lunch meeting on Wednesday
Upcoming events:

SFL Summer Camp
August 27 - September 1, 2017
Camp Easter Seal ~ Manitou Lake 
Learn about the camp and how your camper could win free registration here.  

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's OH&S Conference
September 6 - 8, 2017
Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about the school  here

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information about these events, GSU's expense policy, or to register. 

GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page - www.gsu.ca.  

Recently, a GSU member mentioned in passing he was out-of-pocket for some health plan expenses that exceeded his coverage. A nearby GSU officer asked if the member had used the health spending account which was part of their benefit plan. 
The member was not aware he had access to a health spending account. After some encouragement from the GSU officer, the member called Manulife and found out that he was able to use the current year's credit and the previous year's credit which hadn't been claimed, and his reimbursement cheque would be in the mail immediately.   

Have a question, comment or observation? Call a GSU staff rep.
Staff rep services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you. Contact information for GSU staff reps is available here

Federal government repeals controversial anti-union legislation

Canada's unions are celebrating the adoption of Bill C-4, legislation that repeals the former federal government's controversial anti-union Bills C-377 and C-525.

Bill C-377 would have seen unions, their suppliers, and other businesses they work with spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours producing and processing expense reports to be reviewed and filed - all at taxpayer expense.

Bill C-525 would have made it more difficult for workers in federally-regulated workplaces to join a union.

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then promised that, if elected, he would repeal these bills and we are happy he has kept that promise," said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. "By passing Bill C-4, the federal government has demonstrated it understands the importance of fair labour relations, and the critical role unions play advancing rights for all Canadian workers." 

More information is available here.

Mosaic Stadium will host its first regular season home game on July 1, and you could be there.

We have two tickets to the Riders' July 1 game against Winnipeg and we're looking for a GSU member who would like to attend.

It's easy to enter our contest:

To enter our draw, send us the email address of a GSU staff member.

Send your answer to us by email at gsu.regina@sasktel.net or by fax to 306.565.3430.

Get your entry to the GSU office by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 26 and we'll enter you in our draw. Our winner will be announced in next week's Tuesday Members' Memo.

Check out GSU's web page at www.gsu.ca and you will find our staff contact information and another chance to enter to win tickets to the July 1 game.

There is no limit on how many times GSU members may win tickets throughout the season. GSU's Ticket Time contests are subject to our contest regulations. Read those here.  

Check out the virtual view from our seats in Section 636.
Body odor at the office

Whether it's too much cologne, a pungent food, or strong body odor, smells can disrupt your performance at the office. While dropping a comment about the smell of food or mentioning your sensitivity to perfume is not necessarily easy, it pales in comparison to breaching the topic of personal odor. No matter how great your relationship is with your co-workers, no one is happy to hear you think they stink.

Learn more here about how to approach the delicate topic of body odor in the workplace:    Ask the Etiquette Expert: How to deal with unpleasant body odors at the office.

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