Category Archives: Another Problem Solved

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

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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

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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

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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

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Layoffs and top-up

Staff Rep Steve Torgerson recently assisted GSU members with questions about layoffs, top-up, and what that entails.  GSU staff can provide additional assistance you may need regarding layoff or any other employment insurance claim. We can even help you with … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: maternity leave issues

An employee called the union office to discuss issues dealing with maternity leave.  Each of the different collective agreements in GSU have their own provisions for maternity, paternity and adoption leave. It is always best to check in with your … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Working with a new manager, good communication

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson has been talking to members who are anxious about working with a new manager.  The members want to be sure they are protected as the new manager assumes the role and approaches things in a new … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Questions regarding benefits under the SWP/GSU Pension Plan

A former member of GSU had a number of questions regarding their benefit under the old SWP/GSU pension plan. With the permission of the pensioner, staff rep Lawrence Maier contacted the pension officials and got the required information. “One issue we … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: GSU follows-up on instruction given to members; miscommunication resolved

Several Local 1 (Viterra) members scheduled to work 13.3 hour shifts from Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14 inclusive were told they had to reduce their work time by eight hours since Thanksgiving Day fell on the Monday of … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: moving a pension deposit to another financial institution

A pensioner contacted GSU staff rep Dale Markling  to find out how to change his pension deposit to different financial institution. Dale directed him to the pension plan administrator and provided a contact number to request the necessary forms. Do … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Notice of job elimination sorted out

    A member of GSU Local 15 (CPS) was notified that her job was being eliminated. Since the member was on maternity leave, the effective date of the position elimination was delayed until her maternity leave ceases. However, Article 24 … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: clarification on temporary performance of higher duties

A GSU member has requested clarification on the “Temporary Performance of Higher Duties” provision of their collective agreement.  The employee feels they are performing duties that are above the job description set out for their position. When employees are assigned to do duties … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Using benefits before retiring/terminating your employment

A GSU member contacted GSU regarding an issue with benefits. The employee had given notice of termination, but in the week leading up to their retirement date they used their benefits for medical issues. The insurance company rejected the claims. … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) services

  GSU staff rep Dale Markling was contacted by a member who was concerned that their workplace Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) wasn’t providing the level of service that was provided under the previous provider, such as a one-on-one meeting with a … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Rate of Pay

Earlier this year a GSU member contacted general secretary Hugh Wagner with regard to the rate of pay she was receiving. Wagner checked into the matter and discovered that the member was being paid significantly less than most of her co-workers in the … Continue reading

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