September 27,  2016  

Calendar highlights for September 26 to 30:
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner met with a member on Monday
  • staff rep Dale Markling attended an executive grievance hearing on Monday
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier met with an employer on Tuesday
  • Hugh Wagner attended a grievance meeting on Tuesday
  • Hugh Wagner will attend a Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board meeting on Thursday
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -    

Upcoming events:

Fight for $15 and a Living Wage: Activism in the community, on campus, and in the workplace
Wednesday, 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.

SFL Convention
October 26-29, 2016 | Queensbury Convention Centre, Regina
Read the event brochure here.
Interested in becoming a delegate? Contact your  GSU staff rep to learn more or to register.

Elections, Defense Fund dues continuation, and a CPS vote are on the agenda at union meetings

Autumn has arrived and with it comes GSU's annual general membership meeting season.

There are a number of important items on the agenda for your meeting:
  • Minutes of the last meeting
  • Report and vote* on the memorandum of agreement between CPS and GSU
  • General Secretary's annual report
  • Vote on Defense Fund dues continuation
  • Elections
  • Other business.
*There will be a secret ballot vote at the meeting on acceptance or rejection of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between CPS and GSU regarding the scope of the union bargaining unit in Saskatchewan as described in the special report to union members released on September 19, 2016.

This is a particularly important meeting. Your attendance and participation in GSU are crucial. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Watch your email for your meeting notice. Additional information is available on GSU's web page at

Questions? Comments? Contact your GSU staff rep.

One of these two designs will grace our new line of women's shirts

Our search for new swag continues. We've narrowed down the women's shirt design to these two graphics.

Which one do you prefer? 

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 .


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 -


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

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 and GSU bargaining spokesperson Steve Torgerson are still working to agree upon final wording for the new collective agreement. 

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). 

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. 

How much does the person sitting next to you get paid?  

How much do you get paid? Do you know how your pay corresponds to the people you work with?

According to David Burkus, not knowing where you fit within the pay rates of your peers may leave you feeling underpaid and discriminated against. 

Salary transparency appears to be is good for the gender pay gap, too. According to Burkus, the gender wage gap shrinks where there is pay openness.
Learn more. Watch David Burkus in his TED Talk - Why You Should Know How Much Your Co-Workers Get Paid [video].   

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