October 11 , 2016  

Calendar highlights for October 11 to 14:


  • general secretary Hugh Wagner met with a GSU member on Tuesday
  • staff rep Dale Markling and the GSU Local 17 (Discovery Co-op) bargaining committee meet their management counterparts for bargaining on Friday.



GSU staff reps are on the road throughout October conducting CPS meetings. Members can attend the meeting of their choice to vote on the memorandum of agreement.

Copies of a special report and memorandum of agreement were distributed to GSU Local 15 members for their consideration in advance of their meetings.

Contact your GSU staff rep with any questions or concerns.

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

It's long past time to act on pay equity

Canada's unions are appalled with the federal government's decision to wait another two years to start addressing the gender wage gap.

"Despite the report of the House of Commons Special Committee on Pay Equity being titled It's Time to Act, action on this issue doesn't seem to be high on their agenda," said CLC Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers.

"The government says that having a gender wage gap in Canada in 2016 is unacceptable. So why are they delaying action by at least another two years? Pay equity is a human right. Continued consultations only serve to further disadvantage Canadian women," added Byers.

Byers pointed out that the Pay Equity Task Force submitted its report 12 years ago, which laid out a framework to eliminate the current complaints-based pay equity system, and to implement a proactive approach. 

"After all the expert testimony, and with the Task Force and Committee's recommendations in hand, it's unacceptable that the government would decide to make women wait another two years for pay equity legislation. This is an issue of fairness, plain and simple."

Earlier this year, Byers reminded the Committee that working women have been waiting far too long for a solution to the gender wage gap. She urged the Committee to table proactive pay equity legislation without further delay. 

"There is no reason to continue to delay pay equity legislation. So much time, effort, and resources went into the task force consultation and report. We can't let it collect dust in the archives any longer," said Byers.

The CLC is also calling on the government to immediately eliminate the Conservative government's Public Sector Equitable Compensation Act.

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson is assisting a GSU member who is having difficulty receiving unpaid leave from work. The requested leave would allow the member to prepare for and write an exam to receive recognition of their training and certification received outside Canada.

Do you have questions about your collective agreement? Contact a GSU staff representative.

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).


We have a web page dedicated to GSU bargaining. 
Check it out at  www.gsubargaining.ca .

 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -  www.gsu.ca.


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 working to find mutually agreeable wording to incorporate memorandum of settlement changes into 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). 

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 20 bargaining committee members are Kim Quintin, Michelle Houlden, Laurie Michalycia, and Dale Markling (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. 

Congratulations Trisha Clarke (Local 15 - CPS Melfort) and Quentin Ozirney (Local 15 - CPS Grenfell) who each won two tickets to watch the Roughriders take on the Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium.
We asked our winners for their predictions on who would win the Riders v. Alouettes game on October 22. Trisha thinks the Alouettes will win. Quentin was slightly more optimistic - and specific - predicting a Riders - 32, Alouettes - 27 final score.

And it has all come down to this - the last Rider home game of the regular season in the current Mosaic Stadium. We have four tickets to give away to two GSU members.

To enter our contest, tell us what you will miss most about the current stadium and what you are looking forward to the most in the new stadium. 

Get your answer to us by 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18 and we will enter your name in the draw. Entries will be accepted by email at  gsu.regina@sasktel.net , fax 306.565.3430, or by delivery to 2334 McIntyre Street in Regina. 

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.


Time manage ment secrets everyone should know

There are never enough hours in the day to get things done. Or are there? 

Whether you are at work or at home, knowing how to properly manage your time will help you avoid inefficiency, disorganization, and wasted time throughout your day.

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