Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU files executive grievance challenging denial of sick leave benefits to employees age 65+

March 16, 2021 TMM GSU has filed an executive grievance challenging Richardson Pioneer over the denial of sick leave benefits to employees age 65 or older. The grievance was filed with company representatives on March 10 and a grievance meeting … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Boot inspections, Local 1 (Viterra)

  Some Local 1 (Viterra) members have been the subject of employer boot inspections to assess the quality of their boots for working on concrete and snow. After the inspection, members are advised of boot options and how much extra … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

#ChooseToChallenge A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. Let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. International Women’s … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU members receiving lower rate of pay than new employee in same job classification with less experience

GSU is assisting a number of GSU members who are receiving a lower rate of pay than a new employee in the same job classification with less experience. The actions on behalf of the senior GSU members in question is based on the principles of equity and fairness and … Continue reading

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GSU CONVENTION 2021: Delegates to elect GSU president, two vice presidents, general secretary and the five-person board of the GSU Defense Fund

Delegates to GSU’s biennial policy convention will elect the union’s president, two vice presidents and general secretary as well as the five person board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund. Accordingly convention delegates who wish to be a candidate … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: members being asked to work outside Saskatchewan

GSU staff rep Donna Driediger is monitoring a situation where GSU members are being asked to work outside the province. Interprovincial travel is permitted for Saskatchewan residents, but public health recommends limiting interprovincial travel, if possible. If you need advice … Continue reading

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Grievance update on storm stayed employees

On Nov. 9 a number of GSU Local 1 (Viterra) members were prevented from going to work as a result of a severe snow storm that affected communities in south west and west central Saskatchewan. In response to inquiries from … Continue reading

Local 01 - Viterra Ops & Maintenance

Would you like to be a GSU Defense Fund director? Learn more here

GSU convention delegates will elect five Defense Fund directors When delegates to GSU’s 14th biennial convention meet on March 18 and 19, they will elect five union members to two-year terms on the board of directors of the GSU Defense … Continue reading

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Local 14 (Richardson), Local 15 (Nutrien) board members meet, receive Local updates, elect officers

GSU Local 14 (Richardson Pioneer) and Local 15 (Nutrien) delegates met separately via Zoom on Feb. 3 to elect the Locals’ representatives to GSU’s Joint Executive Council (board of directors). Reports on Local issues were also given. In addition, Local 14 … Continue reading

Local 14 - Richardson Pioneer, Local 15 - CPS|Agrium

Should employers be exempt from giving employees at least 24 hours’ notice of change to their work shifts? A copy of GSU’s submission to government officials is available here.

A copy of GSU’s submission is available here. Should employers be exempt from giving employees at least 24 hours’ notice of change to their work shifts? GSU doesn’t think so.  GSU has submitted a brief opposing exemption of grain handling … Continue reading

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Local 5 (Western Producer), Local 6 (Wild West Steelhead) collective agreements now available online

You can find these and all GSU agreements by hovering your mouse over the COLLECTIVE AGREEMENTS tab in the menu at the top of this page.  Direct links to these agreements are available here: Local 5 (Western Producer) Local 6 … Continue reading

Local 05 - Western Producer, Local 06 - Wild West Steelhead

GSU Defense Fund ends year with new h­­­­igh

The Defense Fund is an important component of union members’ resources. The primary purposes of the GSU Defense Fund is to ensure and provide for the continued operation of GSU and to provide strike/lockout pay to members of GSU in … Continue reading

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Is there something you would like to see GSU doing differently? Submit your recommendation as a resolution to the GSU convention

GSU’s biennial convention is where important policies, plans, and changes are discussed, debated and implemented. If you have a suggestion or see something you would like implemented or done differently within GSU, let us know. Contact your GSU staff rep … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Access to personal family leave to attend to emergent situation

Bitterly cold weather created unanticipated furnace issues for a GSU member. GSU staff rep Donna Driediger assisted a member who thought they were required to take a vacation day or use banked time off to deal with their furnace when … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved

Local 1 (Viterra) delegates, Local 2 (Viterra Office) executive members meet, approve salary schedule changes, and elect officers

GSU Local 1 (Viterra Operations/Maintenance) delegates and the Local 2 (Viterra head office) executive committee members have agreed to a proposal from Viterra management to make modest increases to most of the minimums and maximums of the salary structures in the collective agreements … Continue reading

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