Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

Join us in welcoming our new staff rep, Donna Driediger

Jan. 29 was Donna Driediger’s first day in GSU’s Regina office in her new capacity as staff representative. Donna previously worked for GSU as a staff rep from 2004 to 2009. She left GSU in 2009 to accept a similar … Continue reading

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We’ve done the site tour for GSU’s biennial policy convention

GSU members, officers and staff will be gathering in Humboldt from March 22 to 24 for GSU’s biennial policy convention.  Staff rep Steve Torgerson and assistant general secretary Lynn Woods-Nordin headed to the Bella Vista Inn to meet with hotel staff … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: job reclassification

Staff rep Steve Torgerson has been in contact with GSU members who think their duties and responsibilities have increased to the point where a job reclassification may be in order. Steve is working with them to put the information together … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved, We're working on it

Join us in wishing GSU’s Dorothy Merk well in her upcoming retirement

There is a changing of the guard in GSU’s office administration. After nearly 27 years with the union, Dorothy Merk is retiring from her position of Executive Assistant effective January 31. “Dorothy’s dedication to GSU is inspiring,” said GSU general … Continue reading

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Small gestures can make a big difference

It’s surprising how the little things in life can make a big difference. Whether the person ahead of you in line pays for your coffee, your supervisor pops in to thank you for doing a great job, or someone waits … Continue reading

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GSU’s Defense Fund directors approve recommendations to re-balance equity

GSU’s Defense Fund directors and GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner met with RBC investment advisors Keith Pavo and Derrick Ng to review Defense Fund investment returns for 2017. Pavo and Ng provided a portfolio review with a focus on fixed income returns … Continue reading

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Did you receive your invitation to attend GSU’s policy convention?

GSU members, officers and staff will be gathering in Humboldt March 22 to 24 for GSU’s biennial policy convention. This gathering is the co-ordinating and governing representative body of GSU and its decisions are made by majority vote. If you … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Can I collect Worker’s Compensation benefits after age 65?

GSU staff rep Dale Markling recently assisted a member who was inquiring whether he was able to collect Worker’s Compensation benefits after age 65.  The current rules provide that if an injured worker is under 63 years of age when she/he becomes eligible for WCB benefits,  then she/he can … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

Voters approve continuation of GSU Defense Fund dues

As they have for more than 20 years, GSU members attending 2017 annual meetings considered, debated and ultimately voted on whether to continue the additional union dues of $10 per member per month being paid into the GSU Defense Fund. Once … Continue reading

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Support Tim Horton’s workers and the Fight For $15 this Friday, Jan. 19

In support of the Canada-wide Day of Action to Stand With Tim Hortons Workers and the Fight for 15, Saskatchewan Fight for 15 asks that you support their petition blitz on January 19 by coming out and helping them collect … Continue reading

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Join Women’s Day Marches in Regina and Saskatoon this Saturday, Jan. 20

There is still so much work to do to protect and advance the rights of women, and the rights of all vulnerable citizens in our province, our country and worldwide. Join with women and human rights groups from across the … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Clarification on Workers’ Comp benefits after age 65

GSU staff rep Dale Markling recently assisted a member who was inquiring whether he was able to collect Worker’s Compensation benefits after age 65.  The current rules provide that if an injured worker is under 63 years of age when … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Long-term disability insurance claim – mistake leaves GSU member’s first LTD benefit at $0

A Local 15 member’s long-term disability insurance claim (LTD) was accepted. However, the insurer mistakenly thought the member had other earnings in the first benefit pay period that were high enough to reduce his first LTD benefit to zero. The … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

Join us for GSU’s policy convention March 22 – 24 in Humboldt

GSU’s Joint Executive Council convenes a policy convention of GSU delegates once every two years prior to May 31.  This gathering of union members and officers is the co-ordinating and governing representative body of GSU and its decisions are made by … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: eligibility for sick leave benefits

A GSU member contacted staff rep Lawrence Maier regarding eligibility for sick leave benefits.  The member was deducted vacation and earned time off for overtime for a number of doctor and specialist appointments while dealing with a serious illness.  The … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved, We're working on it