November 28, 2017  

  Anything can happen, but here is what we have scheduled for the week: 
  • annual meetings continue and GSU staff are 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 
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier met with a GSU member on Tuesday
  • General Secretary Hugh Wagner is meeting with Local 8 (Advance) executive members before they meet with the membership on Tuesday
  • staff rep Dale Markling is attending an arbitration on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hugh Wagner has a conference call meeting scheduled with the GSU's Defense Fund board of directors on Thursday
  • GSU's staff rep recruitment committee expects to finalize a hiring recommendation by Thursday. A conference call meeting of the union's Joint Executive Council is being scheduled for council members to receive, consider and decide on the hiring recommendation of the recruitment committee and to receive other updates on union business.
Upcoming events:

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 -  

A member of GSU Local 15 (CPS) asked general secretary Hugh Wagner whether the employer can insist on banking employees' overtime or whether payment for the overtime work is obliged.
Wagner advised the union member that under the collective agreement between GSU and CPS the employer must pay for overtime worked unless the employee  and employer mutually agree to banking same or a portion of same.
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 .
Updated for clarity Nov. 28 - 2:25 p.m.

Union members in Ontario to oversee cannabis sales at government's retail stores, online service

When the sale of marijuana becomes legal in Canada in July 2018, the Liquour Control Board of Ontario's (LCBO's) website and their 150 stand-alone stores will be the only places where cannabis can be legally sold in the province. Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union will oversee all retail sales and online service through the government-run website.

"When it comes to retail distribution, the LCBO has the expertise, the experience and the insight to ensure careful control of cannabis, to help us discourage illicit market activity and see that illegal dispensaries are shut down," said Ontario's Finance Minister, Charles Sousa.

According to the Ontario government, cannabis will be supplied by medical marijuana producers licensed by Health Canada and it will be priced competitively to curb black market sales. A boost in tax revenues is expected.

Looking for a special sparkly gift this holiday season?
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has partnered with Hillberg and Berk to offer Burgundy Sparkle Ball earrings.

Proceeds from this sale directly support survivors of domestic violence through the members of the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS). 

These special edition earrings are $70 per pair and available for purchase at the SFL office at 220-2445 13th Avenue, Regina. You can also call 306.525.0197 (SFL office) or 306.287.7423 (Lori) to order or learn more.

Single purchase and large orders welcome.

View this information as a printable PDF here.

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem - i s there a difference?

Self-confidence allows you to trust yourself and your ability to succeed, while self-esteem is the value you place on yourself and your worth.

Somewhat surprisingly, just because you have strong self-confidence it doesn't mean you automatically have high self-esteem.

Learn more about the differences between the two and how to boost both: The difference between self-confidence and self-esteem

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