September 18, 2018 

Anything can happen, but these are our calendar highlights for Sept. 17 to 21 at GSU:
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner, staff representative Donna Driediger and GSU legal counsel Ronni Nordal met with a GSU member on Monday
  • staff representative Dale Markling met with a member on Tuesday
  • Hugh Wagner, staff representatives Steve Torgerson and Donna Driediger met with an employer on Tuesday
  • 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 
  • Hugh Wagner is attending a committee meeting at the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour on Tuesday
Check out these upcoming education opportunities

GSU members who sign up and are approved to participate in GSU-sanctioned events will have their time off work, wages, and expenses covered in accordance with GSU's expense policies (child care included). GSU staff will also assist you with arranging the time off with your employer.

Submit your expression of interest to your staff rep or directly to GSU by email at if you are interested in attending either of these events.

Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference
October 17-18, 2018
TCU Place, 35-22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK
Treaty 6 and Homeland of the Métis

The 4th Annual Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference will focus on issues concerning Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery issues. If you're working towards respectful Aboriginal engagement and inclusion within a community based setting, this conference is for you.

The conference will:
  • Provide non-Aboriginal organizations with resources to assist in engaging Indigenous people as employees and volunteers
  • Support organizations working to incorporate Aboriginal values within program and service delivery settings with the goal of creating culturally respectful organizations.
Contact your staff representative for more information if you are interested in attending this conference.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention 
Regina, SK - October 24 to 27

This year's convention is a milestone as SFL president Larry Hubich will be retiring after 16 years at the helm of the labour movement in Saskatchewan. The convention will elect Brother Hubich's successor and GSU delegates will be there to participate in this historic event.

You can learn more about convention here. Questions? Contact your GSU staff rep.

GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page:

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 

A member called staff representative Steve Torgerson with questions about their benefit plan. The member was hired 8 months ago and did not know how to claim for prescription medicine or how to submit a claim. 

Torgerson walked the member through how to submit a claim to their insurance provider and who to ask to get a copy of the benefit plan text. 

It is valuable to fully understand your full medical benefit plan through work. Whether you need to use them now or not knowing what you have is the first step in utilizing your benefit plan to it's fullest. 

How to Get (More) Comfortable Having Honest Conversations With Your Boss

Having an open and honest dialogue with your manager can be intimidating, especially if you don't have an especially warm relationship. (Think: the manager who only responds with "it was fine" when you ask about their weekend.)

But, getting into the habit of seeking out feedback and sharing your opinions on a regular basis (even if they conflict with what you know your boss wants to hear) can improve your relationship and enhance your performance. Demonstrating a commitment to growth and candor will help you to stand out as a lifelong learner who's open to feedback (and score major points on your next performance review). You'll also gain a more solid understanding of your manager's expectations and hone in on your areas for improvement.

So, as awkward as these little chats might be, they're well worth the effort.

This article has been printed for entertainment purposes. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily those of GSU, its members, officers, or staff.

Please consider the environment before printing this email.

This email and any attachment(s) are confidential and may be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient please notify GSU, delete this email and do not copy, use or disclose it.