August 28, 2018 

Check out these upcoming education opportunities

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.

Submit your expression of interest to your staff rep or to directly to GSU by email at if you are interested in attending either of these events.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's OH&S Conference
Regina, SK - September 12-14

The 2018 SFL OH&S Conference courses are:
  • Occupational Health and Safety and the Act and Regulations
  • Effective OH&S Working Committees
  • Harassment Investigation in the Workplace
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Starting the Conversation
  • Managing Shiftwork and Workload
  • Sprains, Aches and Pains (Ergonomics)
  • Duty to Accommodate.
Course details and the conference registration form are available here

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention
Regina, SK - October 24 to 27

This year's convention is a milestone as SFL president Larry Hubich will be retiring after 16 years at the helm of the labour movement in Saskatchewan. The convention will elect Brother Hubich's successor and GSU delegates will be there to participate in this historic event.

You can learn more about convention here.

GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page:

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 

Can the Riders carry their winning streak over to this weekend's Labour Day Classic? According to the answers GSU members submitted to GSU's contest question, they have no doubt the Riders will be the victor when they take on the Bombers this weekend. 

Go, Riders, go!

Congratulations to Jeff Seabrook (Local 1 - Viterra) and Julianne Popel (Local 14 - Richardson) who each won two tickets and will be in the stands to cheer the Riders on to a win. 

Returning to work after an extended absence?
Review your rights with your GSU staff rep
GSU members returning to work from an extended absence as a result of illness or injury are encouraged to contact a GSU staff rep before finalizing the terms of their return.
Most often the return to work process works very well and there are no hassles. Occasionally,  misinformation and misunderstandings related to returning employees' medical or other limitations have led to complex and difficult-to-resolve issues. GSU staff reps can help as a guide and source of advice and advocacy to help prevent return to work administrative complications.
Employers have a duty to accommodate that includes but is not limited to health related work restrictions. 

From GSU's perspective, employers are obliged to notify the union when they're dealing with a union member in relation to a return-to-work scenario or a duty-to-accommodate situation. Unfortunately, management doesn't always think to involve the union and this has led to some challenging problems that have been difficult to sort out after the fact.  

A quick call to your GSU staff rep about rights and responsibilities can help avoid hassles down the road.
"Taking time to know your rights is never a bad investment of time," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner.

8 simple steps to winning over everyone in the workplace

Love them or not, we all have co-workers. We may not agree with their politics, enjoy their punny sense of humour, or appreciate their half-full coffee cups in the office sink, but it's in everyone's best interest to co-exist and work together toward a common goal of getting the job done and doing it right. 

There are some steps you can take to be the co-worker everyone likes.

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