March 13, 2018 

A nything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week:
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner attended a grievance meeting by conference call on Monday
  • Hugh Wagner met with a member on Tuesday
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson was on the road to meet with a member on Tuesday
  • 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 
  • Hugh Wagner will reply to an executive grievance on Wednesday
  • staff rep Donna Driediger will meet with a member on Wednesday
  • Hugh Wagner will meet with Local 8 (Advance) executive members before meeting with their employer on Wednesday afternoon
  • Steve Torgerson will meet with a member on Thursday
  • Hugh Wagner will meet with a member on Thursday
  • Hugh Wagner will attend an arbitration in Regina on Friday
  • Steve Torgerson will meet with Local 19 (Prairie Co-op) members on Saturday 
  • planning is underway for GSU's upcoming biennial policy convention March 22 to 24 in Humboldt, SK. If you are interested in attending, contact your GSU staff representative
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -    

Hugh Wagner and the Executive Committee of Local 8 are following-up on a grievance challenging a decision by Advance Tank Centres Ltd. to terminate the extended health and dental coverage of an employee who is on long-term disability benefits. The employer has also advised that management intends to terminate the employee on account of blameless absenteeism.
"This is a completely new situation to me," Wagner said. "I don't recall any previous occasion of an employee being cut off benefits and having their employment terminated simply for being absent from work because they are suffering from a total disability."
Wagner advises that GSU has referred the grievance to arbitration and is waiting to hear from the employer about scheduling an arbitration hearing.
"The employer's logic in this situation is breathtakingly baffling", Wagner said. "I think our chances of success at arbitration are very good."

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When there are problems in the workplace, there are many factors to consider. A GSU staff rep has access to information and can help gather all the facts and identify whether your rights have been violated, but we  won't act on your behalf without your direction and approval. 

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