April 27, 2021

Calendar highlights and upcoming events:

Learn more here. Information on events scheduled in Saskatchewan is available here.

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Defense Fund Board of Delegates meeting - April 28

Our newly elected GSU Defense Fund board members will meet by conference call. It's the first meeting of 2021 and time for the first quarter review of investments.

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GSU Executive Committee meeting - April 29

GSU president Jim Brown and vice-presidents Michelle Houlden and Curtis Cousins will meet by conference call to discuss business arising from GSU's 2021 biennial policy convention. The convention was held in March. Learn more about the executive committee here.

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CLC/SFL Spring School - May 17 - 20
As is the case with many education opportunities, the CLC/SFL Spring School is being held virtually.

GSU will sponsor up to three union members to attend. If you are interested or want to learn more, check out the school brochure and contact your GSU staff rep.

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GSU's scholarship application deadline is June 1

We are giving away five $2,000 scholarships in 2021. You can find application forms and learn more about our scholarship program requirements here

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Prairie School for Union Women - June 22-25

Save the date for this virtual school. GSU will sponsor up to three members to attend. Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more.

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GSU staff rep Dale Markling is set to retire this summer
On July 31 GSU will be saying farewell to Dale Markling who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service as a GSU staff representative.

Before he joined the GSU staff in June 1992, Dale was a member of GSU, a union delegate, and a union organizer.
“Dale’s service to GSU is marked by his dedication to serving union members, his hard work and loyalty to the cause,“ said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner.
“Dale accepted all of his assignments willingly with good grace. His work ethic is unsurpassed and his generosity is unmatched,” Wagner said. “He has always been able to approach his work with a positive outlook and a keen sense of humour – both of which have been assets in this line of work.”
“On behalf of the members, elected officers and staff of GSU, I wish Dale the very best for a healthy, long, and happy retirement. Dale is more than a colleague. He is also a great friend to many and he will be missed,” Wagner said.
COVID pandemic restrictions currently prevent us from holding an appropriate send-off for Dale, but GSU will host a retirement gathering down the road when conditions allow.
While GSU reviews its staffing situation, Dale’s assignments will be temporarily distributed among other union staff members with further announcements to follow.
If you would like to wish Dale well on his retirement, send him an email at Dale@gsu.ca.

When a GSU member was having difficulty accessing sick leave, they contacted their union delegate. With the delegate's assistance, the situation was resolved quickly and the member's sick leave was approved later the same day.

Sometimes a brief comment, email, or meeting is all that is required to address an issue.

No problem is too small. If you have questions or think there is a problem to be fixed, contact us. We will work with you to answer your questions and find a solution that works for you. Contacting the union doesn't mean you are required to file a grievance and we won't contact your employer or act on your behalf without consultation, direction, and approval from you.

Our services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

GSU is awarding $2,000 scholarships to five GSU members, their spouses and children
Have you, your spouse or dependant child been accepted
into university or tech school?

If your answer is YES, you are eligible to apply for a GSU scholarship.
We don't need transcripts or marks, but we do require confirmation the scholarship applicant is enrolled in a diploma, degree, or certificate program at a community college, university, trade school, or technical institute as a full-time student in any country. We also need the applicant to complete our application form, send us their two-page essay on the provided essay topic, and include a letter of recommendation from someone in their community. That's it.

It's easy to apply.

Scholarship forms and additional information are available here.

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2021.

Boost your mood with sunshine
With any luck, the sunshine and warm weather are here to stay, and that is great news for all of us after a long winter muddling our way through a global pandemic.

The forecast is calling for beautiful weekend weather, and it's the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy the mood-lifting benefits of sunshine. Sunlight gives us a boost of serotonin, and that has a number of benefits for mental and physical health.

Make a point of getting outdoors to enjoy some warm sun on your skin this week. It might be the perfect pick-me-up to boost you forward into spring with a positive frame of mind.

Learn more here:

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