A number of GSU members employed by Nutrien and Viterra have initiated grievances over the determination of their 2021 wage increases.
GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner reports that there are a number of different facets of payroll administration challenged in grievances being pursued on behalf of union members.
“Some members are challenging the sufficiency of their pay increase in relation to their performance evaluation while others are challenging the arbitrary allocation of pay increases among employees or the denial of a wage increase altogether for reasons unrelated to performance evaluation, “ Wagner said.
“The common root of all of the grievances is the arbitrary and inconsistent administration of a so-called pay for performance system that was flawed from the get go,“ said Wagner. “The obstacles to overcome are considerable, but the only way to make progress and prepare the ground for change is to bang away at the current system by employing the grievance procedure.”
“Change doesn’t happen unless people act and it is important for members to come forward with their complaints. Union members have the right to access the grievance procedure and it is a right GSU has always encouraged members to use.”
High performance rating and no increase? Consider grieving
Receiving a high performance review rating with no accompanying increase in pay is a good reason to contact your GSU staff rep to examine your situation.
Contacting GSU does not mean you are obligated to file a grievance.
We will answer your questions and assist you in any way we can, but we will not contact your employer, file a grievance or act on your behalf without consultation, direction, and approval from you.
Filing a grievance is a service provided to you as a part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.
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