Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

Arbitrator to hear grievance on termination of employee’s extended health benefits while on LTD – Sept. 12, 13 & 14

A policy grievance filed on behalf of all of the members of Local 8 (Advance) and an individual member’s grievance will be heard by an arbitrator on September 12, 13 and 14. The grievances challenge the employer’s termination of an … Continue reading

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We’re giving away tickets to the Riders’ Sept. 15 home game against the Redblacks

Enter to win two tickets to the game by submitting your answer to the following: Summer is a fond memory and the kids are back in school. When you were in school, what did you want to be when you … Continue reading

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8 simple steps to winning over everyone in the workplace

Love them or not, we all have co-workers. We may not agree with their politics, enjoy their punny sense of humour, or appreciate their half-full coffee cups in the office sink, but it’s in everyone’s best interest to co-exist and … Continue reading

FYI posts, general interest - GSU members

Returning to work after an extended absence?  Review your rights with your GSU staff rep

GSU members returning to work from an extended absence as a result of illness or injury are encouraged to contact a GSU staff rep before finalizing the terms of their return. Most often the return to work process works very … Continue reading

FYI posts, general interest - GSU members

Congratulations to our Labour Day Classic ticket winners – Julianne Popel (Local 14 – Richardson) and Jeff Seabrook (Local 1 – Viterra)

Can the Riders carry their winning streak over to this weekend’s Labour Day Classic? According to the answers GSU members submitted to GSU’s contest question, they have no doubt the Riders will be the victor when they take on the … Continue reading

Just for fun

Would you like to attend the SFL’s OH&S Conference being held Sept. 12-14 in Regina? Learn more here.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour OH&S Conference September 12-14, 2018 ~ Delta Hotel, Regina, SK The courses offered at the 2018 OH&S conference are:  Occupational Health and Safety and the Act and Regulations Effective OH&S Working Committees Harassment Investigation in the … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: standby pay, loading cars if a train shows up on the weekend

GSU staff rep 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 as standby pay.  Donna advised members if the expectation … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Another EI appeal win saves $9,664 for former GSU member

A GSU member working for the Western Producer received notice that his position was being eliminated effective the end of July 2017. The union member elected to go on layoff subject to recall and to defer his employment termination date … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

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

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Standby Pay

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

We're working on it

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

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