Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

WE’RE WORKING ON IT: We think a double penalty constitutes a violation of employee’s rights

We’re arguing that an employer action constitutes a double penalty, and that violates the employee’s rights Preparations are underway for the arbitration of a GSU member’s grievance in response to being penalized when 2021 annual wage increases were distributed by … Continue reading

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GSU’s new staff representatives have reported for work

(L-r) GSU staff representatives Mason Van Luven, Brian Lark, and Steve Torgerson. Brian and Mason were in GSU’s Regina office bright and early Oct. 12 after enjoying the Thanksgiving long weekend. They will spend the week learning about the union … Continue reading

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Local 14 (Richardson) delegates to meet, review bargaining priorities, and elect bargaining committee

Tuesday Members’ Memo – Oct. 12, 2021  Delegates representing GSU Local 14 (Richardson Pioneer) will meet via Zoom on Oct. 12 to review bargaining priorities identified by members and assemble bargaining proposals to raise with company management. The collective agreement … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Local 15 (Nutrien) member Lynn Shaw – winner of two Rider game tickets

Congratulations to Local 15 (Nutrien) member Lynn Shaw who won last week’s draw for two Rider tickets. The Riders’ didn’t pull off a win, but at least the game was entertaining to watch.

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Three new directors elected to GSU Defense Fund

Sharlene Lark (Local 5 – Western Producer), Bruce Thompson (Local 15 – Nutrien) and Lynn Shaw (Local 15 – Nutrien) were elected to the board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund by the Sept. 24 meeting of the union’s … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Our first National Truth and Reconciliation Day and our plans going forward

Sept. 30 was historic as we recognized our first Day for Truth and Reconciliation in our province and across Canada. It was a day for somber reflection as we honoured the victims and survivors of residential schools and considered how … Continue reading

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GSU’s Joint Executive Council (JEC) gather via Zoom for their autumn semi-annual meeting

The union’s governing body originally planned to meet in person in Regina, but COVID’s fourth wave necessitated a last-minute switch to an online gathering. The meeting agenda included a review of the minutes and directions from the 2021 GSU policy … Continue reading

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Joint Executive Council announces hiring of two staff representatives

On Oct. 12, two new staff representatives will be joining the GSU staff. The Sept. 24, 2021 meeting of GSU’s Joint Executive Council (JEC) unanimously approved the hiring of Brian Lark into the position of staff representative working out of … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Questions from a GSU member who is preparing for retirement

Staff representative Steve Torgerson assisted a member with questions about the many options and preparation that needed to be considered prior to their anticipated 2022 retirement.  In addition to offering guidance and answering questions, Torgerson provided the member with a … Continue reading

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GSU’s annual membership meetings are just around the corner

As often and as safely as possible, we will to return to in-person annual meetings and use Zoom and other online meeting platforms when in-person attendance is not desirable. The current surge in COVID cases in Saskatchewan will inevitably throw … Continue reading

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GSU staff representative selection committee to report to Joint Executive Council

Sept. 14, 2021 GSU selection committee to report to Joint Executive Council The committee responsible for managing the process for recruitment of a GSU staff representative will report to the semi-annual meeting on of the Joint Executive Council (JEC) on … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Brandon Allin – our winner of two tickets to the Riders v. Argonauts game on Sept. 17

The draw is complete and GSU Local 4 (Grain Millers) member Brandon Allin has two tickets to the game. Congratulations, Brandon! Watch our Tuesday Members’ Memo  for your next chance to win. We hope the Riders will be fresh off … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Be mindful when using a company vehicle

If you are driving a company vehicle, you can and should expect to be held accountable for your usage. And if the company needs to use it against you, they will. GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson is assisting a member … Continue reading

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Congratulations to GSU Local 2 (Viterra Head Office) member Greg Euteneier – winner of four tickets to the Labour Day Classic

Our latest contest gave GSU members a chance to win four adjoining seats for the Rider’s Sept. 5 game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, with the contest winner getting two seats and nominating a fellow GSU member who would win … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU members, COVID-19, and mandatory vaccinations

As the Delta variant has become the predominant strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate about vaccination has shifted. It is now pretty clear that proof of two-shot vaccination is starting to be adopted in various places and jurisdictions as … Continue reading

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