Category Archives: We’re working on it

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

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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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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Stable, reliable shift schedules. Bring your suggestions to your annual meeting

One thing that makes shift work bearable is having a set schedule worked out far in advance. Shift workers plan their lives around days off. Working nights and weekends puts a great strain on daily living, and especially family life. Having and … 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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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Attending a day-long customer service event – should it be a paid day or a vacation day?

An employee was told to take a client on a day-long customer service event. When the employee subsequently found out they weren’t being paid for the day and brought it to the attention of the company, it was suggested to … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Viterra’s payroll system and the Canada Day stat holiday

When a stat or general holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday employees are entitled to a day off in lieu, such as the Friday before the holiday or the Monday following. When a stat or general holiday falls on … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: helping a member file a sick leave claim with WCB

GSU staff rep Lawrence Maier is helping a GSU member prepare and file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Board. The member contacted GSU for assistance after receiving the results of a hearing test and an audiologist’s recommendation that he … 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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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Members are challenging their rates of pay

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner is  working with members who have challenged their rates of pay and are seeking to have same raised.  Do you have a concern about a workplace issue or questions about your collective agreement?  Contact your … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: we are monitoring a worrying trend regarding health and safety issues

GSU staff reps are monitoring a potentially worrying trend regarding health and safety issues and an employer who seems to have chosen a disciplinary path to compliance with safety rules.  “You can’t have a rigid policy for every conceivable task being … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Rates of Pay

Recently two employees from different parts of CPS’s unionized operations in Saskatchewan approached GSU in connection with their rates of pay. Each of the employees had transferred into GSU membership from employment with CPS outside the scope of the GSU … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: members received Article 24, contacted by EI and told to pay back EI benefits received during layoff

Some members from CPS who received Article 24 – notice of position elimination, have been contacted by EI and told that they must pay back EI benefits received during their layoff. This generally happens only when the member continues to … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Alberta employees struggling with employer demands for concessions

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner was contacted by a group of unionized employees in Alberta who are struggling with their employer’s demands for collective agreement concessions. Wagner has engaged the leaders of the union in question and is advising them … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: temporary performance of higher duty

Staff rep Lawrence Maier met with a GSU member regarding Temporary Performance of Higher Duty.  Maier is examining options to press for recognition when an employee is assigned work that is beyond their pay grade.

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