February 14 , 2017  

Calendar highlights for February 20 to 24:
  • staff rep Steve Torgerson was in Yorkton on MOnday night for a Local 4 executive meeting
  • general secretart Hugh Wagner met with a member this morning
  • the Tuesday Members' Memo is emailed to GSU members weekly on Tuesday. If you know a co-worker who hasn't received the TMM and would like to, they can call GSU toll-free 1.866.522.6686 or send an email request to gsu.regina@sasktel.net.
Upcoming events:

GSU Education Forum
March 7 & 8, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
The focus of the forum will be on identifying and filing grievances, the rights of shop stewards and local representatives, representing your co-workers effectively, and being a local leader.
Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more. 

60th Annual SFL /CLC Spring School
April 3 to 7, 2017 ~ Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa, Moose Jaw, SK
Learn more about the school and read the course outline here.

SFL Young Workers' Conference & Youth Action Summit
April 28 & 29, 2017 ~ Ramada Hotel, Regina, SK
Learn more about the conference and summit  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 - www.gsu.ca.  

The Birth of an Activist: The Early Years of SFL President Larry Hubich
Few presidents can hold an elected position of such stature for 15 years, which is probably a blessing; but for SFL president Larry Hubich he still has the confidence of those he serves. Still, those who know him best say there is a lot more to him than just being the head of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour.

The 62-year-old, in his eighth term as president, says labour activism has always been apart of his upbringing.

"My dad was a wheat pool elevator guy, my mom worked in the local co-op store in our small town so there was lots about community and co-operatives," he said.

"Unions in the day when I became an activist were really from that same mindset," he says. "Together we could do so much better than we can by ourselves.

"I signed my first union card in 1973," he said. "It was called the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Employees Association."

The SWPEA ended up becoming the GSU the following year in 1974.

Follow the link to read the entire article from Brad Bellgarde on the University of Regina's School of Journalism.   


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

Discovery Co-op

Union and company representatives have agreed to meet with conciliator Kevin Eckert on March 3 in North Battleford. 

Background information on bargaining in this local are available on GSU's web page at www.gsu.ca.

GSU's Local 17 bargaining committee members are  Shelbi Prescesky, Glen Morrison, and GSU staff rep Dale Markling.   


Your Phone is Killing your Productivity

For those of us with smartphones it is hard to think back to how we got on with out them. How did you make plans with friends before you had a phone? What did you do if you had to look something up, use a phone book? 
Our phones have become such an important part of our work and home lives that it may be slowing us down. 

Always having the ability to pull your phone out at a moments notice to fill time, respond to an email, search a restaurant or take a picture can cause digital distraction.  

Check out this article from ernestbarbaric.com where he highlights that we all may need to take care, because  You Phone is Killing your Productivity.

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