Category Archives: general interest – GSU members

OPINION PIECE – TIM QUIGLEY, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF LAW: Bill 40 says winding-up/shutting down a Crown corporation is not privatization. There should be a complete repeal of Bill 40.

Do we trust the government? The citizens of Saskatchewan know that Crown corporations act in the public interest to provide services and revenue to the province that private corporations do not always do.  Sasktel provides internet and cellular coverage to … Continue reading

FYI posts, general interest - GSU members

Joint Executive Council (GSU’s board of directors) holds semi-annual meeting

GSU’s Joint Executive Council met in Saskatoon on October 19. The meeting agenda included business related to succession planning in GSU’s administration. Among other things, the Council approved a proposal to advertise and fill a staff rep position in the union’s Regina … Continue reading

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JOB POSTING: GSU staff representative – deadline for receipt of applications Nov. 14

Receipt of Applications closed Nov. 14. The Joint Executive Council of Grain and General Services Union (ILWU Canada) has approved advertising a staff representative vacancy in the union’s Regina office. The objective is to fill the position by early January … Continue reading

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Wicihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference was much more than a conference for GSU staff rep

GSU is committed to supporting, promoting and facilitating truth and reconciliation. Education and awareness are important parts of the process, so on Oct. 11 and 12 GSU staff representatives Dale Markling and Steve Torgerson attended the Wîcihitowin Aboriginal Engagement Conference … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day 2017: Would you prefer to take Friday, Nov. 10 or Monday, Nov. 13 in lieu? Tell us by Oct. 23

Remembrance Day falls on a Saturday this year. The Canada Labour Code and the Saskatchewan Employment Act mandate that the Monday following Remembrance Day is to be taken as a day in lieu. However, unionized employees have more choice. Would … Continue reading

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GSU Defense Fund assets top $4 million

According to the second quarter portfolio report, the GSU Defense Fund had assets of $3.8 million invested with RBC Dominion Securities in addition to $317,000 in cash on deposit at Affinity Credit Union. Total assets currently stand at $4.117 million. … Continue reading

Defense Fund, general interest - GSU members

Part-time work best for aging brains

If you are over 40 and able to celebrate an extra-long weekend, you may find you are more productive than usual next week. Research found that older and middle-aged workers show their sharpest cognitive skills when they work 25 to 30 hours … Continue reading

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GSU legal counsel article: “Do I still have to hire her if she’s pregnant?”

Editor: The following article from GSU legal counsel Ronni Nordal provides valuable information for GSU members “Do I still have to hire her if she’s pregnant?” Do employees still need assistance protecting their rights in 2017? You bet they do. … Continue reading

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CLC challenges  labour, community, political and business leaders to unite against hate

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has issued a public condemnation against the recent violence in Charlottesville and confirmed that Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with the victims of this deliberate and hateful violence. The CLC is calling on labour, community, … Continue reading

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We are shopping for new hats and we would like your input

If you consider yourself to be a hat aficionado, we want to hear from you. Colour, style, rise … tell us what takes a hat from good to great. Have a look at the hats on the website below and … Continue reading

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Want to learn more about our affiliate – ILWU Canada? Learn more and sign up for their e-news, here

Union members and their unions throughout Canada have similar goals to GSU’s, so it is logical that unions work together to achieve these goals.  Through these alliances we can have greater strength in areas such as labour law reform, improvements … Continue reading

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Investigation meeting with your employer? Call your GSU staff rep. Learn more here!

The following article from GSU legal counsel Ronni Nordal provides valuable advice for GSU members.  Investigation meeting with your employer? Call your GSU staff rep When you are called into an investigation meeting with your employer, it is natural to … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: members who are struggling with a difficult workplace environment

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner is working with a group of GSU members who are struggling with a difficult workplace environment. Meetings have been held and the work is ongoing as Wagner has proposed a process to the employer for addressing … Continue reading

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Congratulations to our 2017 GSU scholarship recipients

Grain and General Services Union is pleased to announce our 2017 GSU scholarship recipients as chosen by our GSU scholarship committee. The following five students have received a $2,000 scholarship based on their demonstrated ability and a passion to inspire positive … 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

Another Problem Solved, general interest - GSU members