January 9, 2019 

Anything can happen, but here's what we have on our calendars for January 7 - 11:

  • staff representative Steve Torgerson was in Chilliwack, B.C. on Monday holding a ratification meeting for the members of Local 9 - Hi Pro (Trouw Nutrition)
  • The Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesdays. 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  gsu@gsu.ca
  • staff representative Dale Markling is in negotiations Tuesday to Friday with Local 17 & Local 18 separately 

Saskatchewan Rush start the season with a W

Thank you to all the entrants to the RUSH ticket draw in December. With all the emails listing old family recipes and sweets it sure made us think we need a recipe book to keep all those. And congratulations to Phil Kehrig whose entry of Shortbread cookies as his comfort food was drawn. 

The next home game is January 19, 2019 and if you want to win 2 tickets just send in your answer to the question below. 

Instead of talking about resolutions for 2019, tell us instead, what is one thing you have not done before that you want to do in 2019? Whether it is sky diving or learning to play Canasta we want to know.  

Email in your answer to gsu@gsu.ca by Friday, January 11 at noon and you will be entered to win 2 tickets to the Rush home game against Rochester on January 19, 2019. The winner will pick up their tickets at the RUSH Box Office prior to the game. 


Bargaining Update

Local 9 - Hi-Pro (Trouw Nutrition)


Local 9 New Collective Agreement Ratified
On January 7 Local 9 members cast ballots for the proposed changes to their collective agreement. The Local 9 bargaining committee explained the offer and how negotiations had progressed. 

In the end the  offer was accepted by a majority of the  members. The major improvements  to the collective  agreement was the  addition of a complete severance package paying 2 weeks of severance per year of service, capped at 52 weeks, and wage increases that will help members not fall behind with the rising cost of living in B.C.
GSU's bargaining committee : staff representative Steve Torgerson, Kelly Sarezky and Kevin Clarke.

Local 17 - Discovery Co-op 

On January  2-3 and again on January 9 - 10 the Local 17 bargaining committee will be in negotiations with Discovery Co-op management.   

Local 18 - Lloydminster Co-op 


On January 8 & 11 the Local 17 bargaining committee will be in negotiations with Lloydminster Co-op. 

Learn more about the bargaining process and how it works

The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union has done a great job of explaining bargaining in their Bargaining for Beginners web page and accompanying  infographic. You can check those out here

Top 5 Ways to Start the Year Off Right

Don't let the new year sneak up on you. Now is the perfect time to follow these 5 ways to start the year off right, and take charge of what you are getting out of life.

#1 Do a yearly review
Take stock of where you've been and appreciate all of the accomplishments you've made in the last year.  In a typical  yearly review, you should answer these types of questions:
  • What went well for me last year?
  • What accomplishments did I have?
  • How did I improve my life?
  • How did I improve my relationships?
  • What did I remove from my life that is now making me happier?
  • What do I wish I had taken more time for?
Keep track of these questions and your responses in a journal that you can refer back to in the future: your answers year over year will be very enlightening.
Ask these types of questions about all the important areas of your life, such as family, relationships, financial, career, home, etc. These  questions will help you appreciate all you've accomplished in the previous year, and you can use this information to start the new year off right, and set better goals for the next year.

#2 Finish what you started
Which projects, errands, and general list of to-do items do you have left over from the previous year that you can complete in 2 hours or less? Do them now to clear your mind of the old items.
Keeping projects around like pets doesn't do us any good-they just weigh on our minds, and people will spend hours thinking about something that will only take 10 minutes to take care of. Cross those things off your list and give yourself a  fresh start.

#3 Be realistic
#4 Focus on what you really want
#5 Put yourself at the top of the list 

To read the last 3 points check out the complete story here:  Top 5 Ways to Start the Year Off Right

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