January 2, 2018  

A nything 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 
  • staff rep Dale Markling is meeting with GSU members on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier will meet with members on Wednesday
  • on Wednesday executive assistant Dorothy Merk will meet with our accountant to discuss GSU's upcoming financial audit
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will meet with a member on Wednesday
  • Hugh Wagner has a grievance hearing on Friday.
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -  gsu.ca.    

Join us for GSU's policy convention March 22 - 24 in Humboldt

GSU's Joint Executive Council convenes a policy convention of GSU delegates once every two years prior to May 31.  This gathering of union members and officers is the co-ordinating and governing representative body of GSU and its decisions are made by majority vote.

The policy convention considers the business of GSU, including resolutions submitted by the Locals, members, the Joint Executive Council, and by the delegates at convention. Resolutions, policy statements, and reports adopted by the policy convention become the policy of GSU. 
GSU's president, two vice-presidents, and general secretary are elected at the policy convention.

In addition to the business of convention you'll have opportunities for socializing, getting to meet great people, and having some fun. 

If you have questions about the convention - or if you are interested in attending, running for office, or learning more about the union - contact your GSU staff representative.

A Local 15 member's long-term disability insurance claim (LTD) was accepted. However, the insurer mistakenly thought the member had other earnings in the first benefit pay period that were high enough to reduce his first LTD benefit to zero.
The prospect of zero pay caused the member considerable distress and he contacted the union. GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner immediately contacted the employer and provided the necessary background information about the LTD claim.
The mistake on the insurer's part was corrected the same day and the member received his LTD payment soon after.
"Having to be on LTD benefits means someone is already undergoing additional stress, and uncertainty about benefit payments adds to the stress," Wagner said. "GSU helps alleviate stress by assisting union members with employment-related issues - including sick leave claims, LTD insurance claims, WCB claims and EI benefit claims."

Would you like assistance with a claim or a potential claim? 

Your GSU staff rep will help find answers to your questions. We can even advocate on your behalf, whether it's with company management, insurance companies, or government agencies like EI and workers' comp, but we won't act on your behalf without your direction and approval. 

Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

Aim to be fit rather than skinny
It's the beginning of a new year and with it comes the inevitable rush of resolutions to hit the gym and lose weight. 

Simply losing weight and being slim does not mean you are fit. Check out the following link to help you focus on the benefits of being healthy and stop measuring yourself using the number on your scale.

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