December 5, 2017  

  Anything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week: 
  • just two more weeks of being on the road and GSU staff reps will have completed this round of annual general membership meetings
  • 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 
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner has a meeting with an employer and a meeting with a member on Tuesday
Upcoming events:

GSU Biennial Policy Convention
Humboldt, SK - March 22-24, 2018  
Interested in attending? Contact your GSU staff rep.

Other upcoming events are posted at

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

An employee called the union office to discuss issues dealing with maternity leave

Each of the different collective agreements in GSU have their own provisions for maternity, paternity and adoption leave. It is always best to check in with your staff representative to determine what rights you have and the benefits that are included. In this employee's case, the staff rep reviewed the provisions of the agreement and clarified some issues for the member. 

Contact a GSU staff rep with your questions and concerns. We will work with you to find answers to your questions and find solutions that work for you. Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

GSU Defense Fund directors meet, receive fund update

The board of directors of GSU's Defense Fund met by conference call Nov. 30. The meeting included an update on the value of the Fund, which is currently $4,153,000. The assets of the Fund consist of $3,798,000 invested with RBC Dominion Securities and $355,000 on deposit with Affinity Credit Union in Regina.

The board of directors approved a motion to transfer $250,000 from Affinity Credit Union to be invested with RBC.

The next meeting of the board is tentatively scheduled for January 12, 2018 when they intend to review the investment strategy for the Defense Fund.

Joint Executive Council approves staff rep hiring

GSU's Joint Executive Council held a conference call meeting on Nov. 30 to receive the report and recommendation of the committee assigned to conduct the recruitment to the staff representative position advertised on Oct. 31. After hearing and discussing the recruitment committee's report, the Council approved a motion to hire Ms. Donna Driediger as GSU's next staff rep.

Donna has previously worked for GSU in an administrative capacity and most recently as a staff rep from 2004 to 2009. She left GSU in 2009 to accept a similar position with her current employer, the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses. Donna is expected to re-join GSU's ranks at the end of January 2018.

"The Joint Executive Council and I ask GSU members to join with us in extending a hearty welcome to Donna," said general secretary Hugh Wagner. "We look forward to working with Donna again and drawing on her considerable and varied experience in representing union members."

Hints for surviving Christmas party season

'Tis the Season for office Christmas parties. Whether you are excited, disinterested, or obligated to attend, the following guidelines will help you navigate the office party. 

Learn more here: How to behave at the Christmas office party

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