September 26, 2018 

Anything can happen, but these are our calendar highlights for Sept. 24 to 28 at GSU:
  • staff representative Steve Torgerson met with an employer on MOnday
  • The Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday, oh wait Wednesday this week! 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 
  • staff representative Donna Driediger met with a member on Wednesday regarding return to work accommodations
  • staff representative Dale Markling will meet with a member on Wednesday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will meet with Local 8 officers at a bargaining preparation meeting on Thursday
  • GSU staff members will be in a staff meeting on Friday

Check out these upcoming education opportunities

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.

Submit your expression of interest to your staff rep or directly to GSU by email at if you are interested in attending either of these events.

Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference
October 17-18, 2018
TCU Place, 35-22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK
Treaty 6 and Homeland of the Métis

The 4th Annual Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference will focus on issues concerning Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery issues. If you're working towards respectful Aboriginal engagement and inclusion within a community based setting, this conference is for you.

The conference will:
  • Provide non-Aboriginal organizations with resources to assist in engaging Indigenous people as employees and volunteers
  • Support organizations working to incorporate Aboriginal values within program and service delivery settings with the goal of creating culturally respectful organizations.
Contact your staff representative for more information if you are interested in attending this conference.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Convention 
Regina, SK - October 24 to 27

This year's convention is a milestone as SFL president Larry Hubich will be retiring after 16 years at the helm of the labour movement in Saskatchewan. The convention will elect Brother Hubich's successor and GSU delegates will be there to participate in this historic event.

You can learn more about convention here. Questions? Contact your GSU staff rep.

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

The Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday. 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 

New collective agreements available online for Local 6 - Wild West Steelhead and Local 7 - Heartland Livestock 

Recently negotiations were finished for two GSU Locals and the finished collective agreements are available for members.  

"The committee worked diligently to retain members hard-earned rights under the agreement and were able to make gains in salaries for all." said staff representative Donna Driediger "The Local 7 bargaining committee comprised of Heather MacKay, Larry Worobetz and Donna Driediger concluded negotiations in May, and members have received their retroactive wage increases and the signed collective agreement is now available to members online."

Like all GSU Locals these collective agreements are available at under the Collective Agreement tab at the top of the page. We believe that ease of access to your collective agreement is a vital part in creating a strong union and an even stronger bargaining unit. 

"The hard work from the members of Local 6 - Wild West Steelhead and their bargaining committee", says staff representative Dale Markling "was  instrumental  in concluding negotiations and reaching a new agreement with the Company." 

You can download a copy of the two collective agreements below or you can visit our website to view and download any of the collective agreements for our bargaining units. 

5 Ways the Change of Seasons Might Affect Your Mental Health 
... and what you can do about it.

Sometimes it can seem like it's mandatory to like fall. Everyone is abuzz with talk of pumpkin spice lattes, sweater weather, and rain boots. If seasonal changes are difficult for you, you might feel alone. The truth is that for many people, the transition to fall is tough and the transition to winter is even tougher. Understanding why seasonal changes can be difficult can help you devise strategies to make this season a better season.

Whether it is Seasonal Affective Disorder, Reactions to Daylight Savings Time, Inadequate Access to Light or Holiday Traditions and Family Feuds, seasonal changes can affect you. But there are things you can do!

To read the entire article follow this link: 5 Ways the Change of Seasons Might Affect Your Mental Health 

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