September 26,  2017  

Anything can happen, but these are a few things we have scheduled for the week: 
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson met with a member on Monday
  • staff rep Lawrence Maier met with a member on Tuesday
  • 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
  • general secretary Hugh Wagner will be meeting with a member on Wednesday.
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.

Grain and General Services Union's Joint Executive Council Meeting
October 19, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about the  GSU's  Joint Executive Council  here.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour 62nd Annual Convention
October 18 - 20, 2017 | Saskatoon, SK
Learn more about convention here.  

Contact your GSU staff rep for more information about these events, GSU's expense policy, or to register. 

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

A pensioner contacted GSU staff rep Dale Markling  to find out how to change his pension deposit to different financial institution. Dale directed him to the pension plan administrator and provided a contact number to request the necessary forms.
Do you need assistance? No problem is too small. Contact your GSU staff rep with your questions and concerns.

Your inquiry will be treated with strict confidentiality. Contact information for our staff reps is available here

There are major problems with partial privatization. 

If 10% or more of a Crown corporation is privatized, the corporation will have to pay federal taxes. 

Crown corporations that are fully publicly-owned are exempt from federal taxation. 

Paying taxes forever should be discounted from the selling price - which means much less money to pay down debt or use for other public purposes. The current federal tax exemption means that more money stays in the province to serve the public interest.

Retaining 51% ownership of the Crown corporation does not mean that the public interest would prevail over the private interests of the minority shareholders.

As a matter of corporate law, the majority cannot oppress the minority shareholders by ignoring their interests, and there is a legal duty on the members of the board of directors to manage the company in order to maximize the return to investors, that is, profits. 

The public interest is to provide services to everyone in Saskatchewan, regardless of where they live. For example, selling part of SaskTel would likely mean that rural and northern people would have to pay more than they do now for phone service, internet, etc.

SOURCE: OwnIt! Plebiscite on The Future Of Our Crown Corporations, "Frequently Asked Questions" 

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