January 9, 2018  

A nything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week:
  • 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 gsu.regina@sasktel.net 
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier will be on the road visiting members on Thursday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner is meeting with a member on Thursday. 
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -  gsu.ca.    

Voters approve continuation of GSU Defense Fund dues

As they have for more than 20 years, GSU members attending 2017 annual meetings considered, debated and ultimately voted on whether to continue the additional union dues of $10 per member per month being paid into the GSU Defense Fund.
Once again a majority approved the motion to continue the additional dues for another year and to vote again at the 2018 annual meetings of GSU locals and sub-locals. The margin of approval was in line with previous years as 76  percent of the voters approved the motion.

Join us for GSU's policy convention March 22 - 24 in Humboldt

GSU's Joint Executive Council convenes a policy convention of GSU delegates once every two years prior to May 31.  This gathering of union members and officers is the co-ordinating and governing representative body of GSU and its decisions are made by majority vote.

The policy convention considers the business of GSU, including resolutions submitted by the Locals, members, the Joint Executive Council, and by the delegates at convention. Resolutions, policy statements, and reports adopted by the policy convention become the policy of GSU. 
GSU's president, two vice-presidents, and general secretary are elected at the policy convention.

In addition to the business of convention you'll have opportunities for socializing, getting to meet great people, and having some fun. 

If you have questions about the convention - or if you are interested in attending, running for office, or learning more about the union - contact your GSU staff representative.

GSU staff rep Dale Markling recently assisted a member who was inquiring whether he was able to collect Worker's Compensation benefits after age 65. 
The current rules provide that if an injured worker is under 63 years of age when she/he becomes eligible for WCB benefits,  then she/he can collect until the age of 65. If the injured worker is age 63 or older when she/he becomes eligible , then she/he is allowed to collect WCB benefits for a maximum of two years.

Would you like assistance with a claim or a potential claim? 

Your GSU staff rep will help find answers to your questions. We can even advocate on your behalf, whether it's with company management, insurance companies, or government agencies like EI and workers' comp, but we won't act on your behalf without your direction and approval. 

Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

How to Create a Results Driven 2018 Personal Budget Plan
By all means you don't need to use a budget to be successful but I fully believe that using a budget will always outweigh not using one. Not everyone who wants to start a personal budget plan fails but a good majority of people have the get-up and go to start with but it doesn't last long.

This is why financial and personal goals start at the beginning of the year for most people at which time they are 100% committed, for a minute and then forgotten. Don't lump yourself in that pile because you'll never get ahead without that drive to succeed.

Learn more here: canadianbudgetbinder.com

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