Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

Local 1 and 2 (Viterra) members can expect to receive a bargaining survey, soon

The current Local 1 (Operations/Maintenance) and Local 2 (Head Office) collective agreements with Viterra are set to expire Oct. 31. That means GSU members in these locals can anticipate our requests for input to help prepare for the upcoming negotiating … Continue reading

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Guidelines to stay safe while working in hot weather, high temperatures, humidity

Working in the heat and humidity can have serious consequences. Working with high temperature is not limited to work outside. Working indoors near a heat source without adequate ventilation could also put you at risk for heat-related medical conditions. Whether … Continue reading

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Local 14 (Richardson)’s new agreement is our first collective agreement to have gender-neutral pronouns

  We are working to remove “he” and “she” from our collective agreements and other union documents and replacing them with gender-neutral pronouns, such as “they.” Delegates to GSU’s biennial convention passed a motion to make this change to ensure … Continue reading

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BARGAINING – GSU Local 4 (Grain Millers): Membership update meeting scheduled for June 13; bargaining scheduled for July 20, 21, 22

GSU’s bargaining committee comprises Brandon Allin, Carter MacKay, Ryan McNabb, Glen Wlasichuk, Brian Lark (GSU staff) and Steve Torgerson (bargaining spokesperson and GSU staff). Members are encouraged to join Local 4’s bargaining update group by sending their email or cell … Continue reading

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Support UNITE HERE Local 41 members at a June 23 solidarity picket

Unite Here – local 41 members who work at the Super 8 in Moose Jaw have been locked out since March 3 and they need  our help and support.  The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and the Moose Jaw and District … Continue reading

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GSU’s Joint Executive Council Annual Report is now available online for GSU members

The 2021/2022 Annual Report to GSU members by the union’s Joint Executive Council (board of directors) is available to be read and/or downloaded. 2021/2022 Annual Report of GSU’s Joint Executive Council The Annual Report contains important information for GSU members … Continue reading

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Local 5 (Western Producer) prepares for bargaining

Local 5 members met on May 18 to prepare for upcoming negotiations and begin the process of putting their proposals together with assistance from their negotiating committee and GSU staff rep Donna Driediger. Front of mind for all members are … Continue reading


Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) members vote to accept memorandum of settlement

GSU staff reps Steve Torgerson and Brian Lark were on hand for the May 18 review the terms of the tentative agreement and the membership vote to determine acceptance or rejection. In the end, Local 6 members voted to accept … Continue reading

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Wagner to attend SLRB annual meeting

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner will attend the annual meeting of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) in Regina on May 25. The SLRB was first established in 1944 to administer the Trade Union Act of Saskatchewan which was the … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Maternity Leave, demonstrated performance and eligibility for a salary increase

Each year members patiently await their annual performance review in anticipation of their annual pay raise which is purportedly based on demonstrated performance in their job. But what if an employee doesn’t have a demonstrated performance as a result of … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) members will vote on tentative agreement May 18

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson delivered copies of the memorandum of agreement to Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) members today in advance of next Wednesday’s ratification meeting. During the May 18 membership meeting in Lucky Lake members will review the … Continue reading

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Rising long-term interest rates and lower commuted values

It’s hard to miss the news about rising interest rates as central banks react to strong inflationary pressures around the world. Canada is no exception. By GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner While raises in the interest rates charged by central … Continue reading

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It’s spring visitation time! GSU staff reps are heading out to see GSU members

Questions? Concerns? Here’s another opportunity to share them with us It’s spring visitation time for GSU members! GSU staff reps are hitting the road in May and June with a goal of checking-in with as many GSU members as possible. … Continue reading

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MENTAL HEALTH TALK: Is it stress? Anxiety? Or both?

By GSU staff rep Donna Driediger We often hear coworkers, family and friends talk about stress and anxiety as a normal part of a day, but do we understand the difference between the two? And do we really know what … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Clarification on travel expenses while attending company training

  GSU staff rep Mason Van Luven assisted a member who needed clarification why travel expenses to and from company-provided training were not expensed. In the end, the member agreed to HR clarification when it was provided. No question or … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved