July 2, 2019 

GSU calendar highlights for July 2 to 5:
  • The Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesdays. 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@gsu.ca
  • scholarship applications have been sent to GSU's scholarship committee for consideration. We anticipate scholarship recipients will be announced mid-July.general secretary Hugh Wagner and staff representative Donna Driediger have grievance hearings this week. 
  • There is member survey circulating for Locals 1 & 2 (Viterra) members. If you did not receive your survey or you have questions about the survey, please contact your GSU staff representative
  • Questions? Contact a GSU staff rep at either our Regina or Saskatoon office.

Staff representative Donna Driediger had a GSU reach out to her asking what they should do if the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) ruled against them and they wanted to appeal. Driediger was able to explain the process for appealing a WCB injury claim and what the member was required to do for an appeal. WCB Worker Appeal

It is always important to know your rights whether they be collective agreement rights, legal rights or your rights through the Workers Compensation Board. And remember you are not alone in dealing with matters such as an appeal of a WCB claim, GSU staff representatives are here to assist you with questions, advice and help with the appeal. 

If you have any questions about a WCB claim or appeal contact your GSU staff representative . They can give advice, provide assistance, or help you with a claim or appeal.


Union for 3,000 SaskTel employees seeks strike mandate

This title 'Union for 3,000 SaskTel employees seeks strike mandate'is the title of a CBC news story about Unifor asking it's members to vote infavour of strike so they can pressure the Company to resume bargaining a new collective agreement. 

Here is a link to the CBC story:  Union for 3,000 SaskTel employees seeks strike mandate

This is a news story that we have seen over and over as media focus on the story when negotiations get tense and job action becomes an option. We sometimes hear from folks that 'workers get paid enough already' or 'this strike will inconvenience me' but we have to remember that workers don't taking striking lightly and there is always more to the story that what the media write. 

So when you hear about or read a news story like above don't automatically jump to conclusions either way, instead try to understand where the workers are coming from and why they are doing what they are doing.

If you want to know more about the Unifor and Sasktel negotiations and how they got to where they are you can check out Unifor's bargaining updates page: Unifor Sask Council Updates
We don't have Sasktel's 'side of the story' because they haven't released anything comprehensive so to round out your knowledge of the negotiations read other news stories online dating back from when negotiations began. 

Remember at some point you, someone in your family or a friend might be involved in a strike situation, so make sure that we don't jump to conclusions or only think about ourselves and how 'a strike may affect us'. Dig deeper and read more to help you get as much information you can before you have your say.


9 Camping Etiquette Principles  All Campers Should Know 

If you have had the  joy of camping in a Provincial of National campground then chances are you have come across fellow campers that drive you bonkers!

Whether it is the noisy kids tearing around the sites or the campers who leave messes in the washrooms or shower building don't be one of those campers. 

Check out this story at The Road Map.com to help you respect the environment and your fellow campers:
9 Camping Etiquette Principles All Campers Should Know

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