September 15, 2020

Calendar highlights and upcoming events:
GSU Local 6, Wild West Steelhead bargaining - Sept. 15

Bargaining continues today in Lucky Lake, SK.

When the parties last met there was significant distance between the two positions with the company wanting a number of concessions and the members wanting improvements to language, benefits and wages. 
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GSU Executive Committee meeting - Sept. 18

GSU's president, vice-presidents, and general secretary will be meeting in Regina this Friday. Additional information is available here

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Nutrien, Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining - Sept. 30, Oct. 1

There has been no reply from the company on their availability for earlier bargaining dates.

Members will be updated on the result of the meetings.

GSU collective agreements with Nutrien expired Dec. 31, 2019. Your GSU Local 15 bargaining committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling.

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Semi-annual GSU Joint Executive Council meeting - Oct. 8

The union's governing body will tend to union business during a socially-distanced meeting in Regina. On-line attendance will also be available.

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Autumn 2020 membership meetings

In addition to usual union business, we've also got some constitutional amendments for your consideration and we need you to vote on whether you want to continue paying dues into the GSU Defense Fund.

The way we hold membership meetings will be different this autumn, and we're busy figuring out exactly how to take care of business while keeping everyone safe during Covid. If you have thoughts or suggestions on what type of meeting would work well for you, contact your GSU staff rep.

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Nutrien Ag Retail outlets at Fielding, Kincaid and Norquay ordered in GSU bargaining unit

In a decision released on Sept. 11, the Saskatchewan Labour Relation Board (SLRB) has ruled that Nutrien’s Ag Retail Outlets in Fielding, Kincaid and Norquay are in GSU’s bargaining unit. The SLRB decision also means that except for Ag Retail Managers, all of the employees at the three locations are in the union bargaining unit.

GSU filed an application with the SLRB on Oct. 31, 2018 to include the three locations in the union bargaining unit. Nutrien opposed the application and the matter was heard by a panel of the SLRB on Dec. 5 and 6, 2019.

“Although it has taken quite a bit of time to get to this point, we are very pleased with the outcome,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. “GSU has said the disputed locations are in the union from the get go and it’s always good to be vindicated.”

“While there is always a possibility the employer will seek to appeal the SLRB decision at the Court of Queen’s Bench, it is my sincere hope that Nutrien accepts the decision and moves on with GSU to implement the order,” Wagner said.

GSU is communicating with the employees at the three locations. The full decision of the SLRB can be read on GSU’s web page at gsu.ca or by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, contact your GSU staff rep.

GSU collective agreements  with Nutrien expired Dec. 31, 2019. GSU Local 15 bargaining committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling.

GSU staff reps can provide additional assistance you may need regarding layoffs or any other employment insurance claim.

We can even help you with EI appeals.

These services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.

Contact your GSU staff rep toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon) for advice about your workplace problem.

GSU is assisting in pursuing a pay increase to coincide with a raise in the salary grade.
 
“A pay increase seemed to be a no-brainer when an increase in responsibility and the level of work being done was recognized with a higher salary grade for the member’s position,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. “However, since the member’s wage at the old salary grade is above the minimum of the new grade, the employer’s first response was to say no to a change in pay.”
 
“The employer’s initial response make no sense to me and seems to be at complete odds with the so-called pay for performance concept,” Wagner said.
 
GSU is pressing the employer to ante up with a pay increase and will report on the progress with this file.
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