May 14, 2019 

GSU calendar highlights for May 13 to 17:
  • 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
  • staff rep Dale Markling was in colciliation with Local 16 on Monday 
  • GSU staff will be at the Joint Executive Council on Wednesday
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.

GSU Joint Executive Council to meet May 15
GSU's Joint Executive Council (JEC) will meet in Regina on May 15. The JEC is the GSU board of directors comprised of elected representatives from the union's Locals.
The meeting will focus on union administration, the audited 2018 financial statements, and the annual report to members of the union. In addition, JEC members will consider current events and policy matters affecting GSU.
GSU's annual report and audited financial statements will be published for the information of members once adopted by the JEC.

Summer safety
Summer is a time for family road trips, outdoor fun in the sun and hopefully lots of great weather.
Here are some simple reminders to prepare for safe summer days:

Stay safe while camping:  If strong winds, hail or a tornado is developing while you are camping in a tent or tent-trailer, move to the closest building or a hard-topped vehicle. Make every effort to get to a suitable shelter.  If no shelter is available, seek refuge deep in a thick stand of trees in the lowest-lying area. Environment Canada has more   summer weather safety tips .

Make a (safe) splash: Never leave a child unattended in water, not even for a second.  Pick the best time of the day to swim and avoid swimming at night and in stormy weather. The  Canadian Red Cross offers tips for all kinds of water activities such as water parks, backyard pools and hot tubs.

Stay safe on the roads: Canada has nearly 900,000 kilometres of road - enough to circle the globe 22 times! Transport Canada is our resource on road safety, especially when travelling with  children.  Every year in Canada, about 10,000 children (from infants to 12-year olds) are hurt or killed on the roads. Make sure your children are always buckled-up properly while in the car, even for short trips. And remember, the back seat is always the safest place for your children.

Connect with care: Don't mention going away on vacation in your social networking status updates. You may also want to delete messages from friends who mention these things to avoid the possibility of someone robbing your home while you're away. Avoid geotagging photos. Most smartphones and many digital cameras automatically attach the exact location where a photo was taken - and when you share it online, the geotag can give away your address or let criminals know that you're on vacation, which could make your home a target for break-in. More tips here:

To read all the tips from Public Safety Canada follow this link to their website: Hot topic: Summer safety


Saskatchewan introduces 5-day paid leave for domestic and sexual violence victims

The government says employees can use the leave to move, obtain support services, get medical help and attend court appearances. 

Saskatchewan will be offering paid leave to victims of domestic and sexual violence who require time off from work.

The government has introduced and passed legislation that it expects to take effect later this month.

The change means employees,  who were previously entitled to take 10 unpaid days of leave, can take five paid days and five unpaid days off.

The government says employees can use the leave to move, obtain support services, get medical help and attend court appearances.

Justice Minister Don Morgan says he hopes the change means victims can get the help they need without worrying about money.

The Opposition NDP has been pushing for the government to introduce paid leave for  domestic violence victims and presented a private member's bill last year.

To read more stories about the recent announcement check out these links: 

Are you experiencing problems with domestic violence? Contact your GSU staff rep.

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