June 18, 2019 

GSU calendar highlights for June 17 to 21:
  • The Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesdays. 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 gsu@gsu.ca
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner and staff representative Donna Driediger have grievance hearings this week. 
  • GSU staff will again be on the road this week visiting GSU locations across the Province.
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.

Bargaining Updates

Local 4 (Grain Millers)

On June 12 Local 4 members voted to accept the memorandum of settlement. This will now help form the new collective agreement for members at Local 4 Grain Millers in Yorkton. 

Local 15 (Nutrien)

Bargaining Preparations Calendar

Bargaining Survey (June 3 to 30, 2019)

A GSU survey was emailed to all Local 15 (Nutrien) members with email addresses in the GSU database. The survey will remain open for responses until June 30. IF you did not receive a survey email please email gsu@gsu.ca with your email address. Paper copies will also be distributed to work locations for members who prefer that method. 

Workplace Visits (June 3 - 30, 2019)

GSU staff will visit Local 15 (Nutrien) locations in June. The main purpose of these visits is to start discussion  about assembling bargaining proposals to present to Nutrien management when agreement renewal bargaining begins this Fall. 

If you have any questions or concerns the location visits will provide an opportunity to chat with a GSU staff representative, you can also contact your GSU representative by phone or email if needed.

Local 15 Delegate Call (week of June 10, 2019)

In mid-June we will be requesting that GSU members in each Local 15 (Nutrien) Sub-Local nominate delegates to attend a GSU bargaining preparation meeting this autumn where the bargaining priorities identified by members will be consolidated into a set of proposals to present to Nutrien management.

This delegates meeting will be a large round-table discussion for members of Local 15 to hear what is happening in all corners of the province and share thoughts and ideas from their locations. In addition the delegates meeting delegates will elect a committee to conduct agreement renewal bargaining with Nutrien this Fall. 

Talk to co-workers in your location and Sub-Local about bargaining proposals, what is important in your workplace, and who will attend the Local 15 (Nutrien) delegate meeting to share your thoughts and represent you this fall. Union leave with pay and expenses will be arranged for members who agree to serve as delegates and attend the autumn meeting.

GSU Wage Increase Survey for members of Local 1 (Viterra) and 2 (Viterra Head Office)

In April a majority of members in GSU Locals 1 and 2 voted to accept a final bargaining offer from Viterra.

Under the final offer and resulting collective agreements between GSU and Viterra the Company agreed to pay an aggregate wage increase that is to be no less than 2.5% effective January 1, 2019.

Since the 2019 wage increase was implemented, many GSU members working for Viterra have complained about a lack of fairness or transparency. As a result, GSU is presenting a survey to enable members to further express their views on the subject.

Check your email inboxes for a GSU Wage Survey from Constant Contact, it was emailed to members last Friday, June 14, 2019, it may also be in your spam folder if you can't seem to find it.

If you did not receive the survey please let us know via email at gsu@gsu.ca and we will get a Wage Survey emailed out to you. 


Simple Tips for Protecting Yourself Online 

Online privacy is a complex and sometimes confusing thing. Many of us still believe that we are quite safe online. Some people use public Wi-Fi to make money transfers or check their bank accounts, others tell jokes about their bosses through work email. Even the  laws that are designed to secure our online privacy  do not offer full protection. The question arises whether we are really protected online or not. That's why it is important to see  how your privacy can be violated  and by whom.

Mobile app developers and marketers violate users' privacy to be able to advertise products to them. There's also the threat of hackers and numerous online scams. There are countless ways to hack a person and, fortunately, there are several ways to protect yourself online, too. By educating yourself with the right information, you will most likely be able to avoid online scams.
1. Keep your personal information private

Do not respond to requests for your private details online or over the phone if it's not a verified source. Your bank, utility, and credit card companies might need personal information, but be wary of sharing too much. One of the  most common internet scams comes in the form of a guaranteed bank loan or credit card offer. When a website or email asks you for your social security number as an identifier, see whether you can provide alternative information to confirm your identity and verify the website you're on in the meantime with a simple Google search.
6. Run away from fake online contests

You might come across some  online contests that say you have won something, but before sending you the gift or the prize, they need some personal information. Take your time to see how valid the contest or the offer is. If it seems too good to be true, ask the organizers for contact information and see if they represent a legitimate company.

10. Stay private on social media

Keep your social media activity private. Check your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter account settings to make sure only your friends can see what you share. Of course, you can change the privacy setting of individual posts if you want people other than your friends to see your stuff as well. Be aware of how much you share publicly though. It is not uncommon for people to steal photos and create  parody accounts .
15. Keep an eye on your wireless connection

It is important to protect the way you access the internet. Don't share your Wi-Fi password with anyone except for family and friends. If you're using public Wi-Fi, pay attention to what kind of information you are sending out and receiving since it might not be a secure connection.

To read all items listed follow this link   Simple Tips for Protecting Yourself Online

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