June 5, 2018 
Anything can happen around here, but this is what we have scheduled for the week:
  • staff rep Donna Driediger was on the road visiting members on Monday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner meet with a member Monday morning 
  • 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 gsu.regina@sasktel.net 
  • GSU staff will be on the road visiting Local 1 and Local 14 locations this week, and in the coming weeks, to continue the discussions surrounding collective bargaining this Fall.
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page:  gsu.ca  


For the 3rd consecutive year, the Rush will host the National Lacross League Championship Final in Saskatoon! #RUSHNATION

This has been a wild playoff run for the Saskatchewan Rush, fans have known the team has the winning touch after looking at their past 2 seasons. And this year has been no different with this Final Series having some great plays from both teams. With the Rochester Knighthawks winning Game 2  this past weekend the series comes back to Saskatoon for the deciding game Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. 

GSU has again picked up a row of 8 tickets that we will be giving away to 4 lucky members. To win all you need to do is send an email to gsu.regina@sasktel.net with your answer to the question below and you will be entered to win 2 tickets. 

Lacross is a great sport to watch, especially in person, what is your favourite part of watching a lacross game? Is it the speed of the game, the high scoring, big hits or is it being together with the home town fans enjoying the game?

Send in your entries by Monday, June 11 by 12:00 noon and you will be entered to win. Winners will be announced in next weeks TMM. 

GSU Riders  

The Majority have spoken, the Roughriders will win the Grey Cup in 2018!  

The entries are in and the majority of those predicted that the Green & White will have a great season with more than a few making the bold prediction that we will win it all this season. Here's hoping!

The two lucky winners drawn from all entries are Kevin Rasmussen and David Bergen, enjoy the game guys the weather looks to be cooperating. 

Don't worry if you didn't win this week the Riders have another game on Friday, June 15, 2018. As always send in your answer to the question below to  gsu.regina@sasktel.net and you will be entered to win two tickets to the game. One entry per person and make sure you encourage your co-workers to enter too.

Summer is the season for garage sales, yard sale and flea markets. Tell us if you are a garage sale wizard and what your best find has been? Or would you rather do anything other than hunting for driveway deals? 

Send in your entries by Monday, June 11 by 12:00 noon and you will be entered to win. Winners will be announced in next weeks TMM. 

Informational Picket outside Viterra's Head Office this Friday at noon

Viterra has locked out 51 of its workers represented by CUPE Local 5317 at the Port of Montreal since January 30th. The CUPE members were negotiating for the same working conditions as the vast majority of Port of Montreal workers.

CUPE Saskatchewan will host a demonstration and information picket in solidarity with CUPE Local 5317 members at the Viterra Corporate Head Office in Regina over the noon hour on June 8, 2018.

GSU members should feel free to come and go from their workplace as usual, but the attendance and support of fellow union members is appreciated.

GSU Bargaining Survey

GSU Locals 1, 2 and 14 are beginning to prepare for Agreement Renewal Bargaining this Fall. On May 28, 2018 a survey was emailed out to all members of those Locals to ask important questions about priorities at work and areas that need improving.

Membership surveys are one of the tools we rely on to stay in touch with GSU members.

We have received many completed surveys and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey if you haven't already. It should take about five minutes and your responses are voluntary and will remain confidential. Responses will be compiled and analyzed as a group.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your staff representative or the GSU office in Regina at 1.866.522.6686 or gsu.regina@sasktel.net.

SFL Camp for Teens

The Annual Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Summer Camp will be held on August 25-31 at Camp Easter Seal - Manitou Lake. This 6 day camp focuses on issues relevant to young people - including social justice and equality - and combines learning with cooperative recreation activities. 

Young people between the ages of 13-16 who are daughters and sons of union members are eligible to attend.

GSU will sponsor three GSU campers in 2018. On July 1 a draw will be made from all eligible GSU campers who are registered for camp and up to three campers will be reimbursed for their camp fees. To be eligible for the draw campers must be the daughter or son of a GSU member.

For information on the SFL summer camp and to get the registration form, click here

Why all employees should use their vacation days

You'd think it would be unnecessary to explain the value of taking a vacation. Who among us doesn't dream about long weekends, taking off two sun-filled weeks in the summer, or indulging in a few days of staying in and cozying up for Christmas? You would think it's pretty clear that a break from our routines, demands and the stresses of work life shouldn't have to be mandated. But you'd be wrong.

Canadian workers aren't quite as vacation-resistant as our Japanese colleagues. In case you're unaware, Japan's work ethic is so historically extreme they've developed a word - karoshi - for death by too much work. 

We're not quite that dramatic here in North America but we do operate under a work ethos that sees many of us live to work, rather than work to live, the way our European colleagues do. Canada scores low on rankings for the number of mandated vacation days per year, with just 10. Compare that with countries near the top of the list such as the UK (28), Sweden, Norway, Denmark and France (all 25).

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