March 27, 2018 

Anything can happen, but this is what we have scheduled for the week:

  • staff rep Steve Torgerson attended a Local 2 (Viterra office) executive meeting 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
  • staff reps Steve Torgerson and Donna Driediger will meet with a member on Wednesday
  • Steve Torgerson has a step 2 grievance hearing scheduled for Thursday.
GSU offices will be closed on Friday, March 30 and Monday, April 2.

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

A member was having problems with their Employment Insurance claim. Staff rep Steve Torgerson assisted the member and worked to make sure the claim form had been submitted correctly. After determining all was in order, Steve turned to Mark Crawford at the  Unemployed Workers' Help CentreAs an expert in EI, Mark was able to move the appeal process along, and ultimately the member's EI claim was accepted. 

Click here to learn more about the many EI and advocate services provided by the UWHC. Government and labour union funding ensures that there is no charge for Saskatchewan residents who use these services.   

GSU helps sort things out.

GSU can help advocate on your behalf, whether it's with company management, insurance companies, or government agencies like EI and workers' comp. Our  services are provided to you as part of your union dues and there is no additional charge for assisting you.

Do you have questions or concerns?  Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

Convention delegates set union's course for the next two years

GSU members, officers, staff, and guests gathered in Humboldt from March 22 to 24 for GSU's biennial policy convention.  Most notably, convention delegates:
  • adopted the Joint Executive Council's annual report and GSU's audited 2017 financials statements, and authorized distribution of same to GSU members,
  • authorized establishing a family crisis benefit for union members, and
  • defeated a resolution that would see additional membership dues being paid into the GSU Defense Fund reduced from $10 to $5 per member per month effective July 1, 2018. 
GSU's general secretary, president, vice presidents, and Defense Fund board of directors are elected at GSU biennial policy conventions. Congratulations to the following newly-elected officers:
  • Hugh Wagner will remain as GSU's general secretary,
  • GSU president Jim Brown, vice presidents Michelle Houlden and Brett North were re-elected, and
  • Dave Boulding, Ron Gerlock, Brian Lark, Dennis Piasta and Sharlene Tetrault were re-elected and will return as Defense Fund Directors for another two-year term.
"As expected, convention was  productive, informative and entertaining," said general secretary Hugh Wagner. "Our convention delegates spurred some great discussion, suggestions, and they have positioned us to move forward."

If you have questions or would like more information about the convention, contact your GSU staff rep.

Always stay humble and kind

It's incredibly easy to make someone's day a little better or a lot worse. It doesn't cost anything to say a nice word, extend a courtesy, or smile.

You won't always get a thank you or reciprocal reaction, but don't let that stop from being someone who always takes the first step to make today a little better than yesterday. 

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