September 20 , 2016  

Calendar highlights for September 19 to 23:
  • copies of a Memorandum of Agreement and a special report will be mailed to GSU Local 15 (CPS) members beginning Monday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner attended a conference call meeting on Tuesday
  • Hugh Wagner met with Local 8 (Advance) representatives on Tuesday
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier is meeting with a GSU member on Wednesday
  • Lawrence Maier is assisting a member at a WCB appeal on Thursday
  • Hugh Wagner will be meeting with International Longshore and Warehouse Union representatives on Friday.
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -    

Upcoming event:

Fight for $15 and a Living Wage: Activism in the community, on campus, and in the workplace
September 28, 2016 ~ 7:00 p.m. 
University of Regina campus  CK 185 (Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport).
Parking is available in front of the building. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.

A special report and memorandum of agreement were emailed on September 16 and mailed on September 20 to GSU Local 15 members for their consideration in advance of our upcoming Local 15 annual meetings.

Questions?  Call us toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon), or send an email to .

We're working on new GSU promotional items

Our stock is running low and it's time for some new GSU swag. We recently shared some options with GSU's elected officers and t his shirt and design were chosen as the clear favourites.

What do you think? Would you wear this shirt? 

Do you have suggestions for other promotional items we should be considering?
Let us know. Talk to your staff rep or send your ideas to .

A GSU member contacted Lawrence Maier with questions regarding when time off in lieu of pay for overtime had to be used up

Time off for overtime (instead of being paid outright) has always been problematic. Too often, members get short changed by being forced to use time when they don't want to, or using time that should be covered by sick leave or other paid leave.
When an employee tells management they want their overtime paid out, it must be paid out - no exceptions. 

When an employee and management agree to put overtime in the bank, the time off can be used by mutual agreement. Management has no right to force you to take time off. You both have to agree. 

"Time off for overtime does not expire at the end of the year. Management must allow you to take time off by mutual agreement if they have agreed to let the employee bank time," Lawrence advises. "They cannot pay it out without the employee's request."

Contact your  GSU staff rep  with any questions about this subject or any provision of your collective agreement .

No problem is too small. Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone. Call us toll-free if you have a question or a problem you would like addressed. Call 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon).

We have a web page dedicated to GSU bargaining. 
Check it out at .

 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -


Discovery Co-op

The union committee will be presenting revised bargaining proposals to company representatives when the two sides meet on October 14.
GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 
Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association 

GSU bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling is working with Federated Co-op HR representative Matt Boyko to complete the final revisions on the new collective agreement. 
GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee members are Christina Jones, Les Strueby, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling

Prairie Co-op  

Company representatives have reviewed the proposed draft memorandum of settlement and provided GSU bargaining spokesperson Steve Torgerson with their suggested changes. 

The union and company bargaining committees reached a tentative settlement during their August 12 bargaining session. 
GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee members are Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep). 

Western Producer

Bargaining gets underway for this local on October 18 and 19.

The local's current collective agreement expired July 31, 2016.  

GSU's Local 20 bargaining committee members are Kim Quintin, Michelle Houlden, Laurie Michalycia, and Dale Markling (GSU staff rep). 

CHS Canada

The local's current collective agreement expires October 31, 2016. 

The company has been served notice to bargain and GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson has met with the members to discuss bargaining proposals.  

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson. 

Congratulations to our latest ticket winners Jeff Petruic (Local 1 - Viterra, Moose Jaw) and Sheila Tran (Local 2 - Viterra Regina Office). 

Jeff and Sheila both won two tickets to this Saturday's Rider home game against the TiCats.

The Riders' last two regular season games will take place October 22 and 29 and we will be giving away tickets. Watch upcoming Tuesday Members' Memos for your chance to enter to win.

Entry in GSU contests and acceptance of prizes constitutes permission to use winner's name, city, province, name of employer, and winning entry for promotional purposes. Please refer to GSU's contest rules and regulations for more information.

10 habits of likeable people 

Everyone likes to be liked and everyone likes to be around likeable people.

There are a number of things you can do that make the difference between being someone people will go out of their way to talk to or someone people cross the street to avoid. 

Want to make sure you are at your optimum likeable level?   Check out these 10 habits that mean you are a likeable person.  

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