September 13 , 2016  

Calendar highlights for September 12 to 16:
  • staff rep Dale Markling attended a meeting with Local 5 (Western Producer) members on Monday
  • staff reps Lawrence Maier and Steve Torgerson met with a GSU member on Tuesday
  • Dale Markling has a grievance meeting on Wednesday.
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -    

GSU's elected officers  discuss union business, scope of Local 15 (CPS) bargaining unit 

The semi-annual meeting of GSU's Joint Executive Council (the union's board of directors) was held in Regina on September 9. All but two of the elected representatives were able to attend the meeting.
In a full day of union business, Council members received reports on union administration and finances, as well as current events and issues affecting members of the union.
A major item on the JEC meeting agenda was a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between CPS and GSU which provides an option to resolve matters pertaining to the scope of the union bargaining unit in Saskatchewan flowing out of CPS's October 23, 2015 successorship application to the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB).
Council members voted to submit the MOA to the members of GSU Local 15 for approval or rejection in a vote to be conducted at the annual Sub-Local membership meetings this autumn. Arrangements are being made to distribute the MOA to Local 15 members via email in advance of the annual meetings.

Questions? Contact your GSU staff rep.

GSU staff rep Dale Markling recently assisted a member who had questions about how long-term disability (LTD) works when you don't have enough sick leave days
In the majority of GSU's collective agreements, after a two-week waiting period members move to a medium-term sick leave until they reach the qualification date for LTD (120 days).

If your have questions about the sick leave or long-term disability provisions of your collective agreement, contact your GSU staff rep .

No problem is too small. Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone. Call us toll-free if you have a question or a problem you would like addressed. Call 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon).

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 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -


Discovery Co-op

The union committee will be presenting revised bargaining proposals to company representatives when the two sides meet on October 14.
GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 
Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association 

GSU bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling is working with Federated Co-op HR representative Matt Boyko to complete the final revisions on the new collective agreement. 
GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee members are Christina Jones, Les Strueby, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling

Prairie Co-op  

The union and company bargaining committees reached a tentative settlement during their August 12 bargaining session. In late August the union sent the proposed draft  memorandum of settlement to the company for review. We are awaiting a response. 
GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee members are Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep). 

Western Producer

Bargaining gets underway for this local on October 18 and 19.

The local's current collective agreement expired July 31, 2016.  

GSU's Local 20 bargaining committee members are Kim Quintin, Michelle Houlden, Laurie Michalycia, and Dale Markling (GSU staff rep). 

CHS Canada

The local's current collective agreement expires October 31, 2016. 

The company has been served notice to bargain and GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson will be meeting with the members to discuss bargaining proposals.  

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson. 

Congratulations to our latest ticket winners Scott Robertson (Local 4 - Grain Millers) and Trisha Clarke (Local 15 - CPS). 

Trisha and Scott made their Banjo Bowl predictions and they each won two tickets to the Riders September 18 game against the Eskimos. (Scott believed the Riders could pull off a win. Trisha told us she had lost all faith in the Rider coaching staff and thought they would lose. Unfortunately, Trisha's answer was correct.)
Do you want to watch the Riders take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats September 24?

We have four tickets to the game and we are giving them away to two GSU members. 

We are keeping it simple. Enter your name with us by noon on Monday, September 19 and we will enter your name in the draw. Entries will be accepted by email at , fax 306.565.3430, or by delivery to 2334 McIntyre Street in Regina. 

Good luck!

Winners will be announced in our September 20  Tuesday Members' Memo.

Entry in GSU contests and acceptance of prizes constitutes permission to use winner's name, city, province, name of employer, and winning entry for promotional purposes. Please refer to GSU's contest rules and regulations for more information.

Are your tattoos career limiting? 

Skin art has become a very popular form of self expression. While the business world is slowly warming to the idea of visible tattoos in the workplace, there is still plenty of evidence to suggest that your tattoo might be holding you back from getting that job you have your eye on.

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