Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Employees teaching/demonstrating safety in the workplace must be properly trained, accredited to do so

In any workplace, safety should always be a top priority. Yet, one of the most common reasons for workplace injuries and fatalities is the lack of proper safety training. Companies have a significant responsibility to ensure that their workers are … Continue reading

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Labour’s role in The Big Game 58 (including the football)

While NFL fans are aware of Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl 58 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, many may not realize the significant role union labour played in making the event spectacular. … Continue reading

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LABOUR NEWS: SGEU faces contract impasse with Saskatchewan government

Negotiations between the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) and the Public Service/Government Employment (PS/GE) bargaining unit have hit a roadblock. Despite over a year of talks, the parties have failed to reach an agreement since the previous contract … Continue reading

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Local 1 & 2 (Viterra): Feb. 2 update on 4.5% Increase and Retro Pay

  Source: GSU bargaining committee update #43 – Feb. 2, 2024 Some members of Local 1 and 2 have been examining their pay stubs and noticing that there are problems with the 4.5% increase they were expecting to receive. This … Continue reading

Local 01 - Viterra Ops & Maintenance, Local 02 - Viterra Head Office

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Questions about the aggregate pay system

When a Local 14 (Richardson) employee had questions about how the aggregate pay system worked for the New Year, staff rep Donna Driediger assisted. Driediger advised that when an employer has an aggregate pay system, the percentage increase that is … Continue reading

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MEDIA RELEASE – GSU Local 1, 2 (Viterra) members vote, accept Company’s Jan. 4 offer

Members Approve Company’s Final Offer, Paving the Way for Collective Agreement Changes with Viterra JANUARY 19, 2024, REGINA, SK–This morning, elected officers tallied the results of the recent ratification vote on the Jan. 4, 2024 final offer of Viterra Canada. … Continue reading

Local 01 - Viterra Ops & Maintenance, Local 02 - Viterra Head Office

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Winter Clothing Policies

A GSU member reached out to staff rep Donna Driediger regarding winter clothing policies and requirements surrounding winter gear on the work site. When a member’s manager advised them that their winter coat was not sufficient, they sought information from … Continue reading

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Don’t answer work calls when you are sick, on personal time away from work, or not actively working

Regardless of the employer or the season, GSU staff representatives consistently handle calls from members who are stressed about receiving work-related calls during their time off, vacations, or sick leave. In response, our representatives offer a straightforward piece of advice: … Continue reading

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BILL C-58: Federal government introduces legislation to ban use of replacement workers

Canadian unions are welcoming the federal government’s introduction of Bill C-58, legislation to ban the use of replacement workers. This legislation will curtail the use of replacement workers in any federally-regulated industry during strikes or lockouts. Free and fair collective … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Staff reps are receiving more discipline-related calls regarding safety

Employers are taking firmer stances on safety in the workplace and GSU staff reps have noticed an uptick in discipline-related calls regarding safety. GSU believes a safe working environment preserves the well-being of our members and fosters a culture of … Continue reading

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GSU staff representative coverage areas are expanding and their responsibilities are shifting

Steve Torgerson’s responsibilities have undergone a significant shift since he assumed the role of GSU’s general secretary at the union’s March 2023 biennial policy convention. The general secretary role doesn’t encompass the day-to-day servicing responsibilities of a GSU staff representative … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Questions about benefit coverage during a strike or lock-out

With strike conversations taking place at many sites, staff rep Donna Driediger is fielding strike and lockout-related inquiries from GSU members. One of the common concerns raised is what happens to benefit coverage during a labour dispute. Fortunately, Driediger can … Continue reading

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Severance pay – one of the most overlooked advantages of a collective agreement

By GSU staff representative Mason Van Luven There is often a misconception that “severance pay” is a condition of employment or labour law when a worker’s position is eliminated, their plant is closed, or the company would otherwise like to … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Should a member who is considering retirement wait around for possible retroactive pay?

Staff representative Donna Driediger assisted a GSU member with a question about the optimal timing for retirement amidst ongoing collective agreement negotiations. The member was contemplating retirement and considering whether or not to wait until bargaining was complete in order … Continue reading

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We shouldn’t be comfortable with our elected officials skirting the Charter for a political hot button issue

Today at noon in Regina some members and staff of GSU attended a rally at the Legislature challenging the provincial governments recent announcement to use the not withstanding clause to push their pronoun law. First, here’s a quick recap of … Continue reading

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