October 17, 2 017  

Anything can happen, but these are a few things we have scheduled for the week: 
  • It's annual meeting time and meetings continue this week. Watch your email for meeting announcements and updates
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson will attend membership meetings on Monday and Tuesday
  • staff rep Dale Markling will attend a membership meeting on Tuesday
  • 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's Joint Executive Council will meet in Saskatoon on Thursday 
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier will attend a membership meeting on Thursday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner and staff rep Dale Markling will attend the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour convention in Saskatoon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Upcoming events:

GSU membership meetings 
Autumn 2017  
Whether we drop by and see you or schedule a meeting in your local, we'll be in touch. Can't wait to hear from us? Contact your GSU staff rep.

Grain and General Services Union's Joint Executive Council Meeting
October 19, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about the  GSU's  Joint Executive Council  here.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour 62nd Annual Convention
October 18 - 20, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about convention here.  

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information about these events, GSU's expense policy, or to register. 

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

Several Local 1 (Viterra) members scheduled to work 13.3 hour shifts from Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14 inclusive were told they had to reduce their work time by eight hours since Thanksgiving Day fell on the Monday of that week, putting them in an overtime situation.  The affected employees didn't think the instruction was fair and contacted GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner.
In turn, Wagner contacted Viterra HR to follow up on the members' complaint. The issue was investigated and it turned out to be a miscommunication on management's part. The problem was fixed by the next day. 

If you have questions about a workplace issue or you are experiencing problems in the workplace, contact your GSU staff rep.  Their services are provided to you as part of your union dues and there is no additional charge for assisting you.

Remembrance Day 2017: Do you prefer to take Friday, Nov. 10 or Monday, Nov. 13 in lieu?

Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year. The Canada Labour Code and the Saskatchewan Employment Act mandate that the Monday following Remembrance Day is to be taken as a day in lieu. However, unionized employees have more choice.
Do you prefer to take Friday, Nov. 10 in lieu or Monday, Nov. 13 in lieu?
Send your preference to gsu.regina@sasktel.net by Monday, Oct 23, and indicate your employer in the comments.  

Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference was much more than a conference for GSU staff rep

GSU is committed to supporting, promoting and facilitating truth and reconciliation. Education and awareness are important parts of the process, so on Oct. 11 and 12 GSU staff representatives Dale Markling and Steve Torgerson attended t he Wîcihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference in Saskatoon to learn more. 

The conference focused on Aboriginal engagement and human service delivery topics relevant to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal participants as they work toward respectful Aboriginal engagement and inclusion in community settings w ithin the context of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action .

The goal of the conference was three-fold:
  • provide organizations with resources to authentically engage Aboriginal 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; and,
  • highlight Reconciliation efforts in Saskatoon.
In Steve Torgerson's mind, calling Wicihitowin a conference diminished its full value and potential. According to Torgerson, it was more than a conference. It filled-in the story and history he knew and pushed him further than he realized he needed to go.

"Prior to attending the Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference I thought I knew about what had happened during the 60's scoop, what had happened at our Indian Residential schools, and what had happened to the Metis nation following the 1885 Rebellion," Torgerson said. "Listening to the speakers at the conference and my fellow conference attendees made me realize how little I knew."

"For me, reconciliation is listening and taking in the stories and truth that are out there, and sharing and engaging the people around me in difficult and honest discussions about what has happened to our Indigenous people and what we need to build a better relationship," said Torgerson. "I'm looking forward to incorporating what I have learned into our educational opportunities for GSU members."

Contact Dale Markling or Steve Torgerson for more information on the Wicihitowin conference.

We're giving away tickets to the Riders' Oct. 27 game against Montreal. 

Would you like to win two tickets to the game? Send your answer to our contest question and we will enter your name in our draw. 

What is the best item someone else lost and you found? 

Send your answer to gsu.regina@sasktel.net by 9:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 to be entered in our draw.  Good luck!

Contest rules are available here.

Virtual view from our seats in Section 636

Boost your confidence at work

Can you use a little extra confidence? Having the ability to speak up, step up, and take on new challenges will help you shed your self-doubt, increase your feelings of self-worth, and enjoy more comfortable interactions with your co-workers. 

Learn how to boost your confidence here:  Feel more confident at work

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