October 27, 2020

Calendar highlights and upcoming events:
GSU Local 6, Wild West Steelhead bargaining - Oct. 26

Significant distance between the two sides remains as the employer seeks a number of concessions and the members want improvements to language, benefits and wages. 

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GSU Local 5 (Western Producer) - Oct. 27 & 29, Nov. 3 & 5

Bargaining continues in Saskatoon.

GSU Local 5 bargaining committee members are Sharlene Tetrault, Michelle Houlden, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling.

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Local 15 (Nutrien) settlement vote ballots due at GSU Regina by noon, Nov. 2

GSU bargaining committee members will be in Regina to scrutinize the count when the ballot envelopes are opened on the afternoon of Nov. 2. Nutrien members will be advised of the results when the count is completed. Results will also be posted on GSU's web page at gsu.ca

GSU bargaining committee members are Local 15 president Brian Cowan, Lynn Shaw, Curtis Cousins, Steve Torgerson (GSU staff), and Dale Markling (GSU staff/committee spokesperson) .

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Autumn 2020 membership meetings

In addition to usual union business, we've got constitutional amendments for your consideration and we need you to vote on whether you want to continue paying dues into the GSU Defense Fund.

Watch your email for your meeting notice and contact your GSU staff rep if you have any questions.

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GSU proposes salary review for Local 1 (Viterra) members
 
From GSU’s perspective, the commissioning of the loop track systems and other technological changes at Viterra’s terminal elevators have significantly changed the level and kind of responsibilities required of the staff, particularly those in Facility Assistant positions.
 
As requested by a number of Local 1 (Viterra) members, GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner has approached Viterra management about examining and boosting the pay of employees to levels that better reflect their contribution to the company’s success.
 
Gull Lake, for example, was recently recognized by CP Rail as Canadian Elevator of the year and the employees’ efforts were saluted by Viterra CEO Kyle Jeworski.
 
“While the acknowledgement is appreciated, the employees are asking why it isn’t accompanied by a boost in pay since the wage rates for too many hover just above the $20 per hour mark,“ Wagner said. “In addition, employers could be facing recruitment and retention issues as other employers such as G3 expand their market presence and begin to poach experienced workers with offers of better pay.”
 
“In the name of fairness and equity, it’s time for employers to take concrete steps to address income disparities,” said Wagner. “Workers should be able to achieve a good standard of living on their regular salary without having to rely on overtime pay to make ends meet.”
 
Even though a collective agreement with an employer is settled, there is nothing stopping your union from raising wage issues as part of its advocacy for fairness in the workplace.
 
“Certainly the employer can tell us to make our case when the collective agreement opens up. And, we know that success doesn’t come easily or quickly, but we also know that it doesn’t happen at all unless we press case for better wages - even when the contract is closed,” Wagner said.
 
If you have a workplace issue, including the salary levels, contact your GSU staff rep.

On behalf of the members, officers, and staff of Grain and General Services Union, we extend congratulations to our five GSU scholarship recipients who will each receive $2,000:

Tyler Buenneke – Dependent Scholarship recipient
Son of Local 1 (Viterra) member Mark Buenneke
 
Dayne Patterson – Dependent Scholarship recipient
Son of Local 15 (Nutrien) member Robert Patterson
 
Alexis Wood – Dependent Scholarship recipient
Daughter of Local 2 (Viterra Office) member Sheila Tran
 
Ty Nikolejsin – Member Scholarship recipient
Local 15 (Nutrien) member
 
Marc Rapin – Member Scholarship recipient
Local 16 (Lake Country Co-op) summer student.
 
For the next five weeks we will be highlighting each of our scholarship recipients. You can learn more about our GSU scholarship program here.

Thank you to GSU president Jim Brown, GSU vice president Brett North, and Joint Executive Council member/Local 15 president Brian Cowan for serving as our 2020 scholarship committee.

Congratulations to Tyler Buenneke - recipient of a $2,000 GSU scholarship

Tyler is the son of GSU Local 1 (Viterra Operations & Maintenance) member Mark Buenneke. Tyler is attending the University of Saskatchewan where he is completing his Bachelor of Science program.

Congratulations on being awarded a GSU scholarship, Tyler. We wish you the very best in your studies and your future endeavours.
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