Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

Congratulations to GSU’s 2018 scholarship and bursary recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 scholarship and bursary recipients who were each selected to receive $2,000 from GSU’s scholarship and bursary programs. Taylor Adolph – GSU scholarship Stephanie Carnduff – GSU scholarship Cheyanne Knight – GSU scholarship Aadyn Oleksyn – GSU scholarship Jana Sasakamoose … Continue reading



GSU staff representatives Donna Driediger spoke with members who have been expected to be ready to load cars if a train shows up on the weekend, but are not being compensated with standby pay. Donna advised members if the expectation … Continue reading

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GSU’s EI-appeal win puts $14,000+ back in the pocket of GSU member

A GSU member received notice that his position was being eliminated effective December 30, 2015. The union member elected to go on layoff subject to recall and to defer his employment termination date for six months, as provided for in … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Serious Illness leave

A GSU member reached out to staff representative Donna Driediger with questions about using serious illness leave to tend to a family member, and if same would be charged against their earned sick leave credits.  Donna stated that in this … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Local 1 (Viterra) employee requests payout of overtime

A Viterra employee requested that some of their banked overtime be paid out.  The employee’s manager denied the payout of the entire portion and suggested that time off be used for the remainder.   Staff rep Dale Markling had previously addressed the … Continue reading

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Send your teen to the SFL Summer Camp August 25-31 and you could win free registration

The Annual Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) Summer Camp will be held on August 25-31 at Camp Easter Seal – Manitou Lake. This six-day camp focuses on issues relevant to young people and combines learning with cooperative recreation activities.  Young people between … Continue reading

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Do you work for Viterra operations and maintenance, Viterra head office, or Richardson? Help us prepare for Autumn 2018 bargaining by completing this survey

GSU collective agreements covering members in Local 1 (Viterra Operations and Maintenance, Local 2 (Viterra Head Office, and Local 14 (Richardson) are coming open for agreement renewal bargaining this autumn. Members in these locals are asked to help prepare by … Continue reading

Local 01 - Viterra Ops & Maintenance, Local 02 - Viterra Head Office, Local 14 - Richardson Pioneer

CUPE Sask. is hosting an informational picket line outside Viterra’s head office this Friday in support of locked-out CUPE 5317 members

Viterra has locked out 51 of its workers represented by CUPE Local 5317 at the Port of Montreal since January 30th.  The CUPE members were negotiating for the same working conditions as the vast majority of Port of Montreal workers. … Continue reading

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Defense Fund board of directors meets, approves transfer for legal expenses

The GSU Defense Fund Board of board of directors met via conference call on May 24, 2018. The purpose of the meeting was to receive an update on the value of the Fund’s assets and to consider a resolution adopted … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our RUSH league final ticket winners

Congratulations to our RUSH league final Game 1 winners. Sounds like there will be some interesting cheers in the GSU seats this Saturday. Winners of two tickets: James Hajewich (Local 1 – Viterra) “The motto of the rush after each … Continue reading

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Local 7 bargaining committee reaches tentative settlement with Heartland Livestock Services 

On May 10, the bargaining committee of GSU Local 7’s Heather MacKay, Larry Worobetz, and lead negotiator/staff rep Donna Driediger  reached a tentative agreement renewal bargaining settlement with Heartland Livestock  Services. The tentative settlement is subject to a membership vote. A memorandum of agreement … Continue reading

Bargaining, Local 07 - Heartland Livestock

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: workplace mediation at a GSU-represented workplace

Recently members at a GSU-represented workplace attended a workplace mediation meeting to address conflict between a number of union members and their manager. The mediation process resulted from grievance action taken by the union members in response to complaints they … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

Congratulations Cameron Eytcheson (Local 1 – Viterra) and James Hajewich (Local 1 – Viterra) – our RUSH ticket winners

Cameron Eytcheson (Local 1 – Viterra) and James Hajewich (Local 1 – Viterra) entered our draw and each won two tickets to the May 10 Rush playoff game. In our May 1 Tuesday Members’ Memo we asked you to tell us what professional sports … Continue reading

Just for fun

EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY: Prairie School for Union Women – June 10-14 at Waskesiu Lake, SK

June 10-14, 2018 – Waskesiu Lake, SK  The Prairie School for Union Women offers trade union women an intensive four days of learning and sharing in a supportive environment. The goals of the school are to develop women’s personal and … Continue reading


ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: steps to create, foster, and enforce a safe workplace

A member was terminated following an investigation into complaints regarding their conduct at work. The member contacted GSU, consulted with staff rep Steve Torgerson, and filed a grievance. When Steve researched and prepared for grievance hearings, he identified a reoccurring theme … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved