February 27, 2018  

A nything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week:
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  • 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 
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner had a meeting with the Local 8 executive on Monday
  • Hugh Wagner is on the road today for a grievance meeting. 
  • staff representative Steve Torgerson is in the south east meeting with a member 
  • staff representative Dale Marking is meeting with members on Wednesday
  • Friday afternoon is staff representative Lawrence Maiers' retirement party. The GSU office will be closed Friday after 3:00 p.m.
  • planning is underway for GSU's upcoming biennial policy convention March 22 to 24 in Humboldt, SK. If you are interested in attending, contact your GSU staff representative

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - on March 8th the Women's Action Group is hosting an event with author and activist Angela Davis. The event starts at 7:00 pm at the Riddell Centre Theatre at the University of Regina. Click here to see the poster for more information. 

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


Join us in wishing GSU's Lawrence Maier bon voyage on his upcoming retirement 

On March 2, 2018 GSU will be saying farewell to Lawrence Maier who is retiring from service to the union one day after his thirty-second anniversary as a GSU Staff Representative.

"Lawrence has dedicated the biggest chunk of his adult life to working for and serving the members of GSU. He served first as union delegate, then as GSU president and chair of GSU's bargaining committee with Saskatchewan Wheat Pool," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner.

"Lawrence has worked tirelessly and diligently for the members of GSU in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He has accepted all assignments without complaint and his work ethic is second to none," Wagner said. "Lawrence possess keen intellect which is reflected in the superlative work he's done for GSU."

"On behalf of the members, elected officers and staff of GSU I wish Lawrence all the best for a healthy, long and happy retirement. He is more than a colleague; he is also a dear friend. He's earned our gratitude and he will be missed," said Wagner.

Please reach out and wish Lawrence as fond farewell by calling him at 306-522-2107 or by email gsu.maier@sasktel.net until he waves good-bye at noon on February 2nd. 


A GSU member working for Viterra received a notice of layoff up to six months even though he has the second most seniority at his location. 

The layoff notice came a complete surprise to the affected employee and he contacted GSU. Following a discussion and review of the situation grievance action was commenced. The employer has acknowledged receipt of the grievance and arrangements are being made to hold a step 2 grievance meeting between GSU and employer representatives. Updates will be reported in TMM as developments occur.

The right to file a workplace grievance and be assisted by a union representative without fear of reprisal or retribution is a fundamental principle of union representation. Not every grievance is successful, but every grievance delivers value.

The decision to commence grievance action about an alleged violation of a member's rights rests solely with the individual member. GSU members can contact a union representative for advice and assistance, but formal grievance action only starts when the member in questions gives the green light.

If you want to learn more about your rights and the grievance process contact a GSU elected officer or Staff Rep.

No problem is too small, and identifying problems when they are small benefits everyone.

GSU staff reps will help find answers to your questions, but we won't act on your behalf without your direction and approval. These services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

Excited about the new faces and familiar cast of characters lined up to attend convention. Join us!
Click here to learn more about the event that moved Hundeby's and started him on his path to truth and reconciliation. 

Join GSU members, officers and staff at convention.

Come to convention and represent the hard-working members of GSU. It is union members who set the direction for the union, and convention is the place to tell us what we are doing well and to set sights on what we need to do in the future. 

If you are interested in learning more or attending convention,  contact your GSU staff representative .

Wages and expenses of GSU members in attendance will be covered by GSU.

How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride on Your Team

As a leader, what traits should you cultivate in your employees? Grit - the ability to persevere in the face of challenges? Sure. A willingness to accept some sacrifices and work hard toward a successful future are essential for the members of any team. But I believe there's another component that matters just as much: grace. I don't mean the ability to move elegantly or anything religious. Rather, I mean qualities of decency, respect, and generosity, all of which mark a person as someone with whom others want to cooperate.

Consider the results of Google's Project Oxygen, a multiyear research initiative designed to identify the manager qualities that enhanced a team's success. What they found is that yes, driving a team to be productive and results-oriented mattered, but so did being even-keeled, making times for one-on-one meetings, working with a team in the trenches to solve problems, and taking an interest in employees' social lives. In fact, these "character" qualities outranked sheer drive and technical expertise when it came to predicting success. 

This makes sense. Innovation typically requires team effort. Expertise has to be combined to solve problems, necessitating cooperation. And cooperation requires a willingness to share credit and support one another as opposed to always striving to take credit for oneself. 

To read the full article follow this link to the Harvard Business Review article How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride on Your Team

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