August 22 , 2017  

Upcoming events

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Upcoming events:

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's OH&S Conference
September 6 - 8, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about the school  here

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour 62nd Annual Convention
October 18 - 20, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about convention here.  

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information about these events, GSU's expense policy, or to register. 

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

When a stat or general holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday employees are entitled to a day off in lieu, such as the Friday before the holiday or the Monday following. 

When a stat or general holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday employees who are required to work on the day as part of their regular shift are entitled to time-and-a-half for all hours worked - even though they get a day off work in lieu as was the case this year when Canada Day fell on a Saturday.
A number of GSU members working at the Viterra terminal elevator in Saskatoon (GSU Local 1) were assigned and did work on Saturday, July 1. They received Monday, July 3 as a day off in lieu. However, it appears the payroll system might not have appropriately compensated them for working on the actual stat holiday. 

The affected union members contacted GSU and general secretary Hugh Wagner raised the issue with Viterra HR. After some initial communication back and forth, Viterra HR advised that it was going to review how the payroll system had handled the situation and any employees who were not paid in accordance with Article 22 of the collective agreement will have their pay adjusted. As this article is being written the situation is still being reviewed and a resolution is expected in the near future.
"It is always important for union members to assert their rights whenever they believe they are being short changed. The initial contact and conversation are essential to making sure employees receive the full benefit of the collective agreement bargained with their employer," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "One of the basic tenets of working in a unionized workplace is the right to union representation in dealings with the employer."

Contact your GSU staff rep for assistance with questions or concerns.
Your inquiry will be treated with strict confidentiality. Contact information for our staff reps is available here

CLC challenges  labour, community, political and business leaders to unite against hate

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has issued a public condemnation against the recent violence in Charlottesville and confirmed that Canada's unions stand in solidarity with the victims of this deliberate and hateful violence.

The CLC is calling on labour, community, political and business leaders, regardless of partisanship, to work together in solidarity to take on this challenge, and to help stamp out the hate, discrimination, and oppression being visited upon minorities and vulnerable persons here in Canada.

Take this short membership survey and we will enter you in a draw where you could win two tickets to the Labour Day Classic.

Membership surveys provide valuable information to the union which helps us explore your relationship with GSU and improve the quality of services we provide.

It should take about five minutes of your time to complete our survey. Your responses are voluntary and will remain confidential. Responses will be compiled and analyzed as a group.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your staff representative or the GSU office in Regina at 1.866.522.6686 or

The survey will close on August 25, 2017 at 12:00 noon.

GSU members who complete the survey before the survey deadline will be entered in a draw for a chance to win tickets to the Roughriders' Labour Day Classic game. We will draw two winners and each winner will receive two tickets.

Only one entry per member is permitted. GSU contest rules and regulations are available here.

Check out the virtual view from our seats in Section 636.

7 ways to contribute to your own long-term happiness and success

If you aren't a conscientious person you may want to work toward becoming one. There are a long list of benefits, such as  living longer earning more, being influential and happier at work,  and even  having better marriages

Here are seven ways conscientious people contribute to their own long-term happiness and success: 7 daily behaviors conscientious people avoid.

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