September 4, 2018 

Anything can happen, but these are our calendar highlights for Sept. 4 to 7 at GSU:
  • preparations are underway for bargaining this autumn
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner had a meeting with a member Tuesday afternoon
  • 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 rep Dale Markling has a grievance meeting on Wednesday
  • Hugh Wagner will be at the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board for hearings on Wednesday and Thursday
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson will meet with a member on Thursday.
Check out these upcoming education opportunities

GSU members who sign up and are approved to participate in GSU-sanctioned events will have their time off work, wages, and expenses covered in accordance with GSU's expense policies (child care included). GSU staff will also assist you with arranging the time off with your employer.

Submit your expression of interest to your staff rep or directly to GSU by email at if you are interested in attending either of these events.

Last chance to register!
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour's OH&S Conference

Regina, SK - September 12-14

The 2018 SFL OH&S Conference courses are:
  • Occupational Health and Safety and the Act and Regulations
  • Effective OH&S Working Committees
  • Harassment Investigation in the Workplace
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Starting the Conversation
  • Managing Shiftwork and Workload
  • Sprains, Aches and Pains (Ergonomics)
  • Duty to Accommodate.
Course details and the conference registration form are available here

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention
Regina, SK - October 24 to 27

This year's convention is a milestone as SFL president Larry Hubich will be retiring after 16 years at the helm of the labour movement in Saskatchewan. The convention will elect Brother Hubich's successor and GSU delegates will be there to participate in this historic event.

You can learn more about convention here. Questions? Contact your GSU staff rep.

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

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 

We're giving away tickets to the Riders' Sept. 15 home game against the Redblacks. 

Enter to win two tickets to the game by submitting your answer to the following:

Summer is a fond memory and the kids are back in school. When you were in school, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Send your answer to by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 10 and you will be entered in our draw. We'll announce two winners of two tickets in our Sept. 11 Tuesday Members' Memo.

Good luck!

A policy grievance filed on behalf of all of the members of Local 8 (Advance) and an individual member's grievance will be heard by an arbitrator on September 12, 13 and 14. The grievances challenge the employer's termination of an employee's extended health benefits while he was on LTD.
"Termination of an employee's extended health benefits while he or she is on LTD imposes a hardship at a time when the individual and their family can least afford it," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "This is a case that potentially affects all Local 8 members working for Advance Tank Production and Advance Tank Centres. We will make a strong argument to protect vulnerable employees."
Local 8 will be represented at the arbitration by Local president Doug Murray and GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner.

Here are some work cartoons to help you get through the week

The kids are back to school and employees are back to work after the last long weekend of the summer. 

Lift your spirits with these work cartoons:  Work cartoons to help you survive the week

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