November 21, 2017  

  Anything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week: 
  • annual meetings continue and GSU staff will be on the road again this week. Haven't had your meeting yet? Watch your email for meeting announcements and updates.
  • 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 
  • interviews for the GSU staff representative position began last Friday and continue on Monday and Tuesday
  • General Secretary Hugh Wagner will meet with a member on Thursday
  • Hugh Wagner and staff rep Steve Torgerson are scheduled to attend a grievance hearing on Friday
  • Hugh Wagner has tentatively scheduled a teleconference meeting of GSU's defense fund board of directors on Friday.
Upcoming events:

Pharmacare - A Plan For Everyone 
Town Hall Meeting - Regina
Thursday, Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul's Cathedral - 1859 McIntyre Street, Regina

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.

GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page -  

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson has been talking to members who are anxious about working with a new manager

The members want to be sure they are protected as the new manager assumes the role and approaches things in a new way. Steve coached the members about being up front with any questions that might arise and practicing good communication to help reduce the potential for miscommunication or mistakes. Armed with Torgerson's recommendations, the members are planning to be particularly observant and to encourage open communication with fellow staff members to ensure things continue to go well. 

Contact a GSU staff rep with your questions and concerns. We will work with you to find answers to your questions and find solutions that work for you. Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

( L-r) GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner and president Jim Brown with GSU's new painting of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool No. 1 elevator.

Painting of No. 1 Pool graces GSU office foyer

The Nordal LeBlanc Law Office is located on the first floor of GSU's Regina office. As a token of friendship and appreciation for the warm welcome the firm has received at the office, GSU legal counsel and friend Ronni Nordal recently gifted a painting to GSU.
"My sister, Paige Mortensen, took up art after her children were grown and she had retired from the paid work force.  This summer Paige created a batik painting of the first Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator in Saskatchewan - located in Bulyea, SK, near my farm.  The minute I saw the painting, I knew the perfect home for it was in the front entrance of GSU," Nordal said.

"Being from the Bulyea area, I was saddened when Saskatchewan Wheat Pool closed the wooden crib elevators and even more disappointed when it sold off the No. 1 elevator without recognizing its important place in the history of Saskatchewan. Paige's painting commemorates the No. 1 Pool and it seems fitting to me that it is a part of GSU, as without GSU, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevators would not have played the significant role in life in rural Saskatchewan that they did."
We appreciate Ronni's kind gesture and the work she has done for GSU and its members.
More of Paige's artwork can be seen at or on Facebook under Paige Mortensen Art

Canada's unions are working to win a universal prescription drug plan that covers everyone in Canada, regardless of their income, age or where they work or live.

Learn more at this week's town hall meeting:

Pharmacare - A Plan For Everyone
Thursday, Nov. 23 
St. Paul's Cathedral Hall, 1859 McIntyre Street, Regina
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Can't attend the meeting?  Learn more and sign the petition here.


Items you just shouldn't wear in the workplace
If you want to be taken seriously by your employer and your co-workers, there are some definite no-nos around the office. Showing up for work with wet hair, fishnets, or sweatpants will never be career-enhancing moves.

Check out the following link for a little extra guidance:  Things you should never wear to work

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