April 10, 2018 
Anything can happen around here, but this is what we have scheduled for the week:
  • staff rep Dale Markling met with the Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) bargaining committee before they met with the employer for a bargaining session on Monday. Bargaining continues on Tuesday, and tentatively on Wednesday
  • 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 gsu.regina@sasktel.net
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson has a Step 3 grievance meeting on Wednesday
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will meet with a member on Wednesday
  • Dale Markling will be in Regina for a GSU staff meeting on Thursday.
GSU's calendar of events is regularly updated and available on GSU's web page:  gsu.ca 


Staff rep Donna Driediger spoke to a member who was having concerns about whether or not to apply for a position in their area

Just want advice? GSU staff reps can help.

If you need advice or ideas about how to handle workplace situation, call your GSU staff rep. 

Contacting GSU does not mean you are obligated to file a grievance. We are here to assist you, but we won't contact your employer or act on your behalf without consultation, direction, and approval from you.

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

Contact information for GSU staff is available here .

Nationally, women in Canada make 74 cents for every dollar earned by a man per year. That means o n average, women had to work three months and 10 days into 2018 to earn the same amount made by a man in 2017.

Statistics Canada pegs the gap as being even wider for women belonging to minority groups, with Indigenous women facing a 57% gender pay gap; women with disabilities facing a 46% gap; immigrant women facing a 39% gap; and racialized women facing a 32% gap.

Unions, collective bargaining, and pay equity measures significantly reduce the wage gap for women. 

According the the Canadian Labour Congress, on average, women with unions earned $6.65/hour more than women without unions

Self Care isn't selfish  

If you have been in an airplane, you will be familiar with the instruction to put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others. The same guidelines that apply to safety in the air apply to your well-being on the ground: i f you don't take proper care of yourself first, you are not going to be able to effectively assist others.

Do you push your own self-care to the bottom of your priority list? Follow the links below for strategies on how to take care of yourself so you are in great shape to contribute positively and help others. 

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