March 1, 2017  

Calendar highlights for February 27 to March 3:
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson attended a WCB rate model webinar on Monday
  • Hugh Wagner and staff rep Lawrence Maier met with GSU members on Tuesday 
  • problems with our service provider meant our Tuesday Members' Memo was sent to GSU members on Wednesday this week. If you know a co-worker who would like to be placed on our TMM email list, they can call GSU toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email request to
  • Hugh Wagner has a Step 3 grievance hearing scheduled with an employer on Wednesday
  • GSU staff members will attend a brief staff meeting on Wednesday
  • staff rep Dale Markling and the Local 17 (Discovery Co-op) bargaining committee are scheduled to meet with the federal conciliation officer Kevin Eckert and Discovery Co-op management representatives on Friday
Upcoming events:

GSU Education Forum
March 7 & 8, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
The focus of the forum will be on identifying and filing grievances, the rights of shop stewards and local representatives, representing your co-workers effectively, and being a local leader.
Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more. 

60th Annual SFL /CLC Spring School
April 3 to 7, 2017 ~ Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, Moose Jaw, SK
Learn more about the school and read the course outline here.

SFL Young Workers' Conference & Youth Action Summit
April 28 & 29, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
Learn more about the conference and summit  here.

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information about these events, GSU's expense policy, or to register. 

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

When you live on a farm - like Earl does - you know how much Crown Corporations like SaskTel make a difference. 

While a private corporation might not think it is worth investing to make sure he and his rural neighbours get adequate phone and internet access, it sure makes a big difference to his business, community and family.

Say NO to privatization. 

Show your support for public services and stand up against cuts, austerity and misplaced priorities.

Sign the petition :

Attend the RALLY for Saskatchewan
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Legislature in Regina. Contact your GSU  staff rep for more information.

GSU members regularly call the union office with questions about sick leave. The following includes some of the information our staff reps share with GSU Local 1 (Viterra) members.

Under section 13.3 of Article 13 of the GSU collective agreement with Viterra employees are eligible for one day of paid pressing necessity leave for attending to an emergent situation such as a sick child, spouse or parent. 

Examples where pressing necessity leave applies:
  • discovering your child has the flu and that you are required to stay home from work to take care of her/him. 
  • you are at work and get a call from the school informing you that your child is ill and has to go home.
Pressing necessity leave is limited to one day in each occurrence, and anything beyond one day is charged to unused vacation or banked overtime or leave without pay.
Section 13.5 of Article 13 of the collective agreement provides for serious illness leave with pay up to three days in the event an employee is required to be present to attend to a spouse's, parent's, or child's serious illness, injury or physical or mental condition requiring medical care. The leave may be extended to five paid days where major travel or special circumstances are involved.
When an employee has a regular medical or dental appointment the use of sick leave can be requested, but management can deny the request. The remaining options would be using vacation, banked overtime, or leave without pay.

Do you have a question about pressing necessity, sick leave, or other situations where you require a leave from work? Contact your GSU staff representative.


 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -

Discovery Co-op

Union and company representatives have agreed to meet with conciliator Kevin Eckert on March 3 in North Battleford. 

Background information on bargaining in this local are available on GSU's web page at

GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling.   

Does your open-mouth-chewing, pen-clicking, foot-tapping co-worker drive you wild? You may suffer from Misophonia

Certain sounds that are simple background noise to you may trigger anxiety, insomnia, feelings of rage/fear, and even depression in others. 

Misophonia is defined as the hatred of sound, but you don't need to hate all sounds to suffer from this sound-sensitivity syndrome. The most common triggers of misophonia are background noises encountered in daily life, making them difficult or impossible to avoid. And ignoring or simply tuning-out an irritating sound is not an option for those with misophonia. 

While misophonia isn't considered a psychiatric condition, psychiatrists can prescribe medication to treat those who suffer. 

You can learn more about misophonia and common trigger noises using the link below, but be warned: some people with misophonia find that reading a list of triggers can actually create new triggers.  
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