August 16 , 2016  

GSU's elected representatives to meet in September

The 22-member 
Joint Executive Council  is scheduled to meet in Regina on September 9, 2016. It is anticipated they will be  approving delegates to the SFL convention, reviewing GSU finances, exploring organizing prospects and union education for GSU members.

Do you have union business for the Council to review? Contact your GSU staff representative.

The Joint Executive Council is the governing body of the union which formulates policy and oversees the business of the GSU between Policy Conventions. 

A member from Local 15 (CPS) called the union office wondering about the maximum hours an employee has to work during a day or week

GSU staff rep Lawrence Maier went through Article 18 of the GSU/CPS collective agreement and explained that an employee has the right to leave work after 12 hours in a day or after working eight hours of overtime total in a week. 

If your have questions about hours of work or any other article in your collective agreement, don't hesitate to contact your GSU staff rep.

No problem is too small. Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone. Call us toll-free if you have a question or a problem you would like addressed. Call 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon).

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 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -


Hi-Pro Feeds
The Local 9 bargaining committee met with HiPro Management negotiators on August 10 and 11 with the assistance of Federally appointed conciliator Ms. Cathy Peters. 

Two long days were spent reviewing the issues and putting forward the Union's case for improvements in contract language and remuneration. The discussions were more productive than any of the earlier talks, and the result was agreement was reached on some items.
"The presence of the conciliator seemed to shift Management's attitude,GSU bargaining committee spokesperson Lawrence Maier observed. "However, t
here is still a long way to go and most monetary issues are still outstanding," 

Bargaining is scheduled to resume August 18 and 19 and a  bargaining report meeting will be scheduled for members as soon as possible thereafter. 

GSU's Local 9 bargaining committee comprises Kelly Saretzky, Kev Clarke, and GSU staff rep Lawrence Maier.
Discovery Co-op

Bargaining is scheduled for August 17. 

When the two sides last met July 25 they reviewed several issues to bring the employer's new representative up to speed. The parties narrowed the issues down to only a few outstanding issues: scope, wages, compensation system, sick leave, and the length of the collective agreement.
GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 
Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association 

Local 18 members have ratified the tentative agreement. GSU bargaining committee spokesperson Dale Markling anticipates that work on the draft versions of the new collective agreement will be complete soon .
GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee members are Christina Jones, Les Strueby, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling

Prairie Co-op  

The union and company bargaining committees reached a tentative settlement during their August 12 bargaining session. With a major interruption to negotiations this spring the union committee had to work hard to bring negotiations back on track. 

The memorandum of settlement is being prepared for distribution to Local 19 members and a settlement vote will be scheduled by early September.   

GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee members are Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep). 

Western Producer

The local's current collective agreement expired July 31, 2016.  

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 

It's the last Labour Day Classic to be held at the current Mosaic Stadium, and we want you to be there. 

The Blue Bombers will be in town on September 4 to take on the Riders, and GSU has two tickets to give away to one lucky GSU member.

Here's how to enter our draw:

Send us the name of GSU's current president OR one of GSU's current vice-presidents and we will enter you in our draw.

If you are still reading, here's a hint: You can find the information you need here.

Get your answer to us by noon on Monday, August 22 and we will enter your name in the draw. Entries will be accepted by email at, fax 306.565.3430, or by delivery to 2334 McIntyre Street in Regina. 

Good luck!

Watch next week's Tuesday Members' Memo  when we have another pair of Labour Day Classic tickets to give away.

Entry in GSU contests and acceptance of prizes constitutes permission to use winner's name, city, province, name of employer, and winning entry for promotional purposes. Please refer to GSU's
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New study says you aren't being lazy - you're just very intelligent

If you find yourself thinking about things more than you find yourself getting things done, the latest research from the Journal of Health Psychology suggests that rather than being lazy you may just be very intelligent. 

According to the study, people with a high IQ get bored less easily, allowing them to spend more time thinking. Survey participants who indicated they preferred activity over mentally taxing tasks tended to be stimulated by physical activities and therefore much more physically active than their thinking counterparts.

The study had some interesting findings about the weekday and weekend activity levels for thinkers and non-thinkers. Learn more here.

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