July 19 , 2016  
Supreme Court ruling protects non-union workers from unjust dismissal  

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the interpretation that, under the Canada Labour Code, dismissing an employee without cause is unjust, and therefore not permitted. 

"This ruling is a win for all federally-regulated employees, particularly those who do not currently benefit from the protection of a union," said Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff. "Now, about half a million people can rest assured that they can't be terminated by their employers at will. Employers must have just cause for firing an employee." 

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When a GSU member couldn't determine whether he had been credited with the proper amount of overtime he contacted general secretary Hugh Wagner.

Hugh checked into the matter and after several discussions with the employer's Human Resources representative it became clear the problem boiled down to a lack of familiarity with a new payroll and time system.

The employee was credited with the proper amount of overtime and the problem was resolved.

No problem is too small. Identifying problems as soon as they arise benefits everyone. Call us toll-free if you have a question or a problem you would like addressed. Call 1.866.522.6686 (Regina) or 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon).

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Check it out at  www.gsubargaining.ca .

 Bargaining updates and reports are also available on GSU's web page -  www.gsu.ca.


Hi-Pro Feeds
Bargaining is on hold until August 10 and 11, and again August 18 and 19 in the presence of Conciliator Kathy Peters from Labour Canada. 

The Conciliator's appointment runs out August 6, and we still have no word from the Company if they agree to extend the Conciliator's appointment at least until the two bargaining sessions are over. If no extension is agreed to, there is a cooling-off period of 21 days after August 6. Both management and the union have the right to initiate job action after the 21 days ends.

GSU's Local 9 bargaining committee comprises Kelly Saretzky, Kev Clarke, and GSU staff rep Lawrence Maier.
Discovery Co-op

Scheduled bargaining dates in June have been postponed and the two sides have agreed to meet July 25.

The most recent Local 17 bargaining session occurred April 19. Several outstanding issues remain. 
GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 
Lloydminster & District Co-operative Association 

A tentative settlement has been reached. Dale Markling is working to arrange a ratification vote with union members.
GSU's Local 18 bargaining committee members are Christina Jones, Les Strueby, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling

Prairie Co-op  

GSU's bargaining committee last met with the company's representatives on March 24. There has been a change in employer counsel and dates for additional bargaining sessions are being determined.  

GSU's Local 19 bargaining committee members are Lindsay Hill (Strasbourg), Debbie Hillier (Cupar), and Steve Torgerson (GSU staff rep). 

Western Producer

The local's current collective agreement expires July 31, 2016.  

Questions or Concerns? Contact GSU staff rep Dale Markling. 

Congratulations to our most recent ticket winners Danny Wagner (Prairie Coop, Cupar Agro) and his co-worker Devin Lipinski.

Last week we asked you to enter  your name and the name of a fellow GSU member to win home game tickets, and Danny signed up and entered Devin in our draw. We pulled Danny's name from our entries and they each w on two tickets to be in the stands this Friday evening when the Riders take on the Redblacks.

Watch upcoming  Tuesday Members' Memos  for more chances to win!

Entry in GSU contests and acceptance of prizes constitutes permission to use winner's name, city, province, name of employer, and winning entry for promotional purposes. Please refer to GSU's contest rules and regulations for more information.
You made a major screw up at work. Now what?

We're all human and everyone makes small mistakes at one time or another. But when you have made a mistake that rattles your manager's confidence in you and threatens your job, there are steps you should take.

As a union member, your GSU staff rep is available to recommend a course of action to follow and work with you to find solutions that work for you.  

You can also check out these helpful suggestions on  How to Handle Big Time Mess Ups at Work.

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