August 30 , 2016  

GSU staff representative Dale Markling assisted a member who was planning to retire by answering the standard questions about pension and different pension options. The member also asked about benefits.

Dale advised that while members have the ability to continue their healthcare and dental benefits after they retire, there are a couple factors to keep in mind. 

"Most plans will allow you to continue the healthcare benefits if you make the election within either 30 or 60 days, depending on the plan," Dale said. "The premiums will be paid entirely by the member. The premiums aren't as low as those from the group plan, but  the advantage is you don't need a medical to start them and you are not faced with pre-existing conditions which would not be covered."

"It is also possible to switch to other plans and have the same benefits regarding not needing a medical and pre-existing conditions. Generally speaking, the time lines are again the same in that you need to join these plans within 30 days or 60 days," Dale continued. "There are a number of different companies that offer these benefits and it may be worth your while to compare the different plan prices and benefits that are offered for retirees."

The  Congress of Union Retirees of Canada  offers a number of different options that retired union members can access. Visit their website for more information:

If your have questions about retirement, pension, or other work issues, don't hesitate to contact your GSU staff rep.

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).

Are you interested in attending the Sask. Federation of Labour's OH&S Conference or Convention? 

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.

Last chance! SFL OH&S Conference
September 7-9, 2016 | Delta Regina Hotel, Regina
Read the event brochure here.
Interested? Contact your  GSU staff rep to learn more or to register

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

The Joint Executive Council is the governing body of the union which formulates policy and oversees the business of the GSU between Policy Conventions. 

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Hi-Pro Feeds
Local 9 members voted on a tentative settlement for their collective agreement on August 27 and overwhelmingly rejected the deal. Members clearly showed their displeasure, even though the bargaining committee was recommending acceptance. 
A strike vote was held on August 28 and the vote to take job action if the offer was not significantly improved was even greater than the rejection. The message came through loud and clear to management who contacted the union bargaining committee and requested a meeting the morning of August 29. That meeting was productive, and while negotiations continue, the union side is confident there will be a new, improved offer to vote on as early as September 1.

GSU's Local 9 bargaining committee comprises Kelly Saretzky, Kev Clarke, and GSU staff rep Lawrence Maier.
Discovery Co-op

The parties met on August 17 and at the end of the day the two sides were still apart on are wages, length of the agreement, scope, and rights for temporary employees.  

"After we exchanged proposals with the company a couple times, the union committee felt that we had to consult with our members," said GSU bargaining committee spokesperson Dale Markling.

It is anticipated that a meeting with members will be scheduled and take place within the next two weeks. 
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. 

"I hope we will be able to sign it off in the next week or so," Markling advised.
GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee members are Christina Jones, Les Strueby, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling

Prairie Co-op  

The union and company bargaining committees reached a tentative settlement during their August 12 bargaining session.  The memorandum of settlement is being prepared for distribution to Local 19 members and a settlement vote will be scheduled by early September.   

GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee members are Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep). 

Western Producer

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

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 

Congratulations to our latest Labour Day Classic ticket winner Matthew Denomie. Matthew is a member of GSU Local 1 (Viterra - Saskatoon ).

Matthew is predicting a Rider win, so let's hope he is right.

Watch for your next opportunity to win tickets in our upcoming Tuesday Members' Memo.

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.

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Your brain controls every function in your body, making it one of the most important organs you have. Challenging it may help expand your mental capacity, improve your memory, and even live longer without the symptoms of age-related cognitive disorders. 

Are you ready to dust the summer cobwebs off your mind?  
Check out 8 ways to train your brain to learn faster and remember more.

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