March 21 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for March 20 to 24:
  • staff reps Lawrence Maier and Dale Markling are in Saskatoon attending the 2017 WCB Institute on Monday and Tuesday
  • Lawrence Maier will be meeting with a former GSU member on Wednesday 
  • the Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday. If you know a co-worker who hasn't received the TMM and would like to, they can call GSU toll-free at 1.866.522.6686 or send an email to
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will be meeting with GSU members on Thursday and Friday in Regina
Upcoming events:

60th Annual SFL /CLC Spring School
April 3 to 7, 2017 ~ Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, Moose Jaw, SK
Learn more about the school and read the course outline here.

SFL Young Workers' Conference & Youth Action Summit
April 28 & 29, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
Early Bird Registration deadline is March 31. 
Learn more about the conference and summit  here.

Prairie School for Union Women
June 11 - 15, 2017
Waskesiu Lake, SK
Learn more about the school and registration here

SFL Summer Camp
August 27 - September 1, 2017
Camp Easter Seal ~ Manitou Lake 
Register early! This popular camp fills up quickly!
More information is about the camp and how your camper could win a free camp registration fee is available 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 -  

Help us help you. Keep good notes!

When there is an incident at the workplace everyone involved will remember the same event differently. Accordingly, if it is important enough for your employer to document, you should probably be making some notes of your own.

It's important to document a major incident, but there are other situations where your notes are important.

Documenting discussions, instructions, and small occurrences is important in the event smaller issues evolve into big problems. Your notes can serve as a refresher before attending a grievance meeting or an interview, or they may even be introduced as evidence if a grievance proceeds to arbitration where your employer's notes could be uncontested if you don't have notes of your own.

It is best to make your notes as soon after the incident as possible.

Your notes don't need to become a lengthy essay, but they should be a fairly detailed description of events and information including the location of the incident, the time of day, and names of other people who were present. It is also important to include the reaction and responses of other individuals who were involved and to record what was said and by whom as accurately as possible. Make sure your notes are legible because you may need to refer to them in the future. Sign and date your notes when you're done compiling them.  
If you want more information on when and how to take good notes, contact your GSU staff rep

Everyone is entitled to human rights without discrimination, and everyone has an obligation to combat racial discrimination.

March 21 is the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination and it is the perfect time to make a personal commitment to do your part to eliminate racism.

What can you do? Check out these simple ways to make a big difference in the fight against racism.

Labour movement applauds bill that supports victims of domestic violence

On March 15, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) representatives were at the Saskatchewan legislature to witness the introduction of a private member's bill that would see necessary supports put into place for victims of domestic violence.

If passed, Bill 603 will allow victims of domestic violence to take paid and unpaid leave from work. This leave can be taken to seek medical attention for the victim or their child, to obtain services from a victim services organization, to obtain counselling, to relocate, and to seek legal or law enforcement assistance.

The bill requires accommodation by employers to protect workers if an employer becomes aware, or ought reasonably to be aware, that domestic violence that would likely expose a worker to physical injury may occur in a workplace.

Bill 603 also allows the termination of tenancy - breaking leases - for victims of domestic violence that believe their safety, or the safety of their child, is at risk.

"These additional supports are so desperately needed for victims of domestic violence in Saskatchewan," said  Lori Johb, Secretary-Treasurer of the SFL and Chair of the SFL's Women's Committee. "If passed, Saskatchewan will become a leader in Canada on this important topic," she added.

Saskatchewan has the highest rates of domestic violence by intimate partners amongst all Canadian provinces, and victims of domestic violence are often forced to leave their homes quickly to escape dangerous situations. Furthermore, financial stability and a supportive work environment are vital for a victim of domestic violence.

Legislation that supports victims escaping circumstances of domestic violence has already been enacted in Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.

GSU is pleased to offer $2,000 scholarships to five students who demonstrate an ability and a passion to inspire positive change in their community. 

Scholarships are available to GSU members and their immediate families - including spouses - who are enrolled in a diploma, degree, or certificate program at a community college, university, trade school, or technical institute as a full-time student in any country. 

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2017.

Detailed information is available on GSU's web page:

10 ways to get organized at work

Being well organized relieves stress, increases your productivity, and makes daunting tasks less overwhelming. 

Ready to get started? Check out these 10 simple ways to get organized at work.

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