May 18, 2021
Calendar highlights and upcoming events:
GSU scholarship application deadline - June 1

GSU members, spouses and dependents are eligible. Learn more here.

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Prairie School for Union Women - June 22-25

Save the date for this virtual school. GSU will sponsor up to three members to attend. Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more.

GSU staff responsibilities reassigned as Dale Markling's retirement draws closer
You will soon hear the voice of a different staff representative when you call GSU's Saskatoon office for assistance. On June 7 our Saskatoon office and toll-free numbers will be rerouted to Regina where you can speak to staff representatives Donna Driediger, Steve Torgerson, or general secretary Hugh Wagner for assistance.

The impending retirement of Saskatoon-based GSU staff rep Dale Markling has also lead to new staff assignments for GSU staff on a temporary basis, and we are working closely with Dale to ensure a seamless transition.

Further announcements will follow.

Only 2 weeks left until the application deadline!

GSU is awarding $2,000 scholarships to five GSU members, their spouses and children
Have you, your spouse or dependant child been accepted
into university or tech school?

If your answer is YES, you are eligible to apply for a GSU scholarship.
We don't need transcripts or marks, but we do require confirmation the scholarship applicant is enrolled in a diploma, degree, or certificate program at a community college, university, trade school, or technical institute as a full-time student in any country. We also need the applicant to complete our application form, send us their two-page essay on the provided essay topic, and include a letter of recommendation from someone in their community. That's it.

It's easy to apply.

Scholarship forms and additional information are available here.

Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2021.

We have a temporary resolution to the grievance over denial of sick leave benefits to members age 65 and older.
In March GSU filed an executive grievance with Richardson Pioneer over the denial of sick leave benefits to employees age 65 or older.
“The grievance has been making its way through the process and seemed to be headed for arbitration after a meeting with Company management earlier this month,” said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. “A last minute discussion with management resulted in a temporary and without prejudice resolution where union members aged 65 or older who require sick leave will be able to draw on the sick leave they had in the bank when they turned age 65.”
“The temporary resolution is intended to give both sides an opportunity to discuss and attempt to bargain a more permanent understanding when we head to the agreement renewal bargaining table in summer or early autumn,” Wagner said. “Without prejudice means that neither side is giving up their argument or weakening their legal position in the event the matter can’t be resolved and is sent to an arbitrator for determination.”
“The temporary resolution to this issue lasts until GSU and Richardson reach an agreement on the subject or December 31, 2021,” said Wagner. “Hopefully this helps affected members out of a bind. If they continue to experience problems I urge them to contact GSU.”
Further reports will be made when the parties begin agreement renewal bargaining later this year.

Resigning from your job? Don't burn your bridges
For whatever reason, you've decided it's time to move on. As you leave your current job, make the extra effort to leave with your respect and reputation in tact. It's unwise to burn bridges with people or organizations because you never know when or where you may run into a familiar face.

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