December 10,  2019 

Upcoming events:

GSU Defense Fund Board of Directors Meeting - Regina, Dec. 11
GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner and board directors Ron Gerlock, Wilfred Harris, Darryl Knelsen, Dennis Piasta and Sharlene Tetrault will be reviewing the GSU Defense Fund's investment portfolio with representatives from RBC Dominion Securities.

GSU staff meeting - Regina, Dec. 12
We'll be away from our offices but we will be checking for messages throughout the day.

Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining - Regina, Dec. 13
Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining gets underway when the two sides meet this Friday in Regina. GSU's committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling.

GSU biennial convention - Temple Gardens, Moose Jaw, March 19-21, 2020
We are counting on GSU members - like you - to come to convention, share your thoughts and experiences, and let us know what you think your union should be doing for members.  Registration will open, soon.  All members of GSU are eligible to attend, but space is limited. 

Contact your GSU staff rep if you are interested in attending or learning more about an event.

*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.

GSU argues Nutrien simply moved existing business to new locations

On Dec. 5 and 6, 2019 the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) 
held and concluded its hearing in a dispute between GSU Local 15 and Nutrien regarding the status of the Ag retail outlets at Fielding, Kincaid and Norquay.
The dispute before the SLRB focused on whether the three Ag retail outlets and the employees at those locations will remain in GSU's certified bargaining unit in Saskatchewan. The case arose in 2018 as Nutrien consolidated the operations of several unionized locations into new sites at Fielding, Kincaid and Norquay. GSU argued at the SLRB hearing that Nutrien just moved existing businesses to new locations.
"Following the evidence and legal arguments, the SLRB panel reserved its decision," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "Hopefully we'll know the outcome fairly soon." 
GSU was represented at the SLRB hearing by Ronni Nordal (legal counsel) and Hugh Wagner. Staff reps Steve Torgerson and Donna Driediger also attended the hearing to observe the proceedings.

Courtney Risling (Local 15 - Nutrien) just won two tickets to the RUSH's Dec. 14 game

Congratulations to this week's contest winner Courtney Risling. She and her guest will be in the stands to watch the Rush take on the New England Blackwolves in the first home game of the season. 

In last week's contest we asked you to name your favourite holiday foods. Courtney listed turkey and stuffing as her favourites, as many of our respondents did. Not surprisingly, meat stuffing, homemade buns, perogies and nanaimo bars also made the favourites list. Shortbread cookies were mentioned more than once, and we're giving a special shout-out to Carie who even shared her Auntie Marion's special shortbread cookie recipe with us.

Thanks to everyone who played along. Check back! We'll have more Rush tickets to give away in the New Year.

GSU contest rules are available here.

Charity wrapped in dignity is a gift for everyone

"'My father used to buy simple goods from poor people at high prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he even used to pay extra for them. I got concerned by this act and asked him why does he do so? Then my father replied, "It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my child."
~Internet, original source unknown

As you hustle and bustle about this holiday season, find an opportunity to help ease the financial burden of someone who could use a little help. 

Seek out an opportunity to: 
  • create an odd job for someone who needs a little cash
  • purchase an item from someone who knits, paints, or makes jewelry
  • buy some Christmas baking, cabbage rolls, or perogies 
  • gift a gift card to someone who checks on your house or pet.
  • share information about someone's side-hustle.
Your small gestures can make someone else's day a little bit better. And, undoubtedly, your act of kindness will brighten your day, too.

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