November 20, 2018 

Anything can happen, but here's what we have on our calendars for Nov 19 to 23:
  • 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, staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU's Local 14 (Richardson) bargaining committee of Dennis Piasta, Dylan Pilon, and Justin Shauf are meeting their management counterparts for bargaining on Monday and Tuesday in Regina
  • Steve Torgerson met with a member on Tuesday
  • Hugh Wagner and the Local 8 (Advance) bargaining committee of Doug Murray, Steve Holliday, Ron Gerlock and Dion Elliott will meet management representatives for bargaining on Wednesday
  • Steve Torgerson will meet with a member on Thursday
  • staff representative Dale Markling is recovering from hip surgery and will be absent from work through December. Members who would normally contact Dale at the Saskatoon office for assistance can call the GSU office in Regina toll free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to gsu@gsu.ca.

Annual General Membership meetings this week:

The agenda for meetings will include the following business:
  • Election of Local Officers
  • General Secretary's Annual Report
  • Vote on Defense Fund dues continuation
  • Update on bargaining, if applicable
  • Other business.
Yorkton - Sub-Locals 1.4 (Viterra - Yorkton) and 15.4 (Nutrien - Yorkton)
Monday, Nov. 19 - 6:00 p.m. at the Days Inn, 1 - 275 Broadway Street East, Yorkton
GSU staff: Donna Driediger

Maple Creek - Sub-Local 14.7 (Richardson - Maple Creek)
Thursday, Nov. 22 - 5:30 p.m. at the Rockin' Horse Restaurant, Maple Creek
Agenda will include an update on Richardson bargaining
GSU staff: Hugh Wagner

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


Bargaining Update


GSU and Richardson International bargaining

Bargaining continued on Nov. 19 and 20 in Regina for GSU Local 14's bargaining committee when they met Richardson International representatives in Regina. 
 
An update will be issued following the Nov. 19 and 20 session.


GSU and Advance Engineered Products bargaining
GSU's Local 8 (Advance) bargaining committee are meeting management representatives for another session of bargaining on Nov. 21 in Regina.


GSU and Viterra bargaining

GSU's Local 1 and Local 2 bargaining committee is scheduled to meet with Viterra representatives on Dec. 5 and 6.



Learn more about the bargaining process and how it works

The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union has done a great job of explaining bargaining in their Bargaining for Beginners web page and accompanying  infographic. You can check those out here

 
GSU staff representatives are available to help members with problems and questions about workplace issues. These services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

A GSU staff rep has access to information and they can help gather all the facts to answer your questions and identify if your rights have been violated. Contacting the union does not mean you are obligated to file a grievance and we won't contact your employer or act on your behalf without consultation, direction, and approval from you.

Here's a sample of how we can help:
  • advice when you need it
  • advocating on your behalf
  • collective agreement interpretation and enforcement
  • employment termination representation
  • workplace complaints and grievance representation
  • EI claim assistance
  • Workers' Compensation appeals or problems with your claim
  • retirement and pension benefits.
As a member of GSU, you are never alone in facing changes and challenges. Contact us with any question - big or small.

Contact information is available at gsu.ca


11 rules for good meeting etiquette

Whether it is a work meeting or an informal meeting of your community committee, there are some basic rules of etiquette to follow which will help ensure you are doing a good job of representing yourself, your department, or your organization. 

To read the entire article visit the following link:   11 rules for good meeting etiquette



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