Author Archives: Grain and General Services Union

Hey GSU members! Enter our contest and you could win two tickets to the March 19 RUSH game

    Did you read our March 8 Tuesday Members’ Memo? If not, you missed hearing about our contest where you could win two tickets to watch the Saskatchewan Rush take on the Rochester Knighthawks in Saskatoon on March 19. … Continue reading

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March 8 is International Women’s Day

Why is International Women’s Day important? Because 72 countries won’t allow women to open bank accounts. Because more than 250 million women alive today were married before their 15th birthday (many against their will). Because there are fewer women in … Continue reading

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GSU MEMBERSHIP SURVEY: Thank you to everyone who completed our survey

Our survey is now closed. Watch for the announcement of our survey prize winner in our March 8 Tuesday Members’ Memo.   GSU just sent a survey to every member. Now we need your input. We have come through a … Continue reading

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Modest increases to Viterra salary ranges

As a result of a market review and a letter of understanding between the company and GSU, the minimums and maximums of most Viterra in-scope salary ranges will rise effective Jan. 1, 2022. According to GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner, … Continue reading

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

WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Standby Pay – You deserve to be paid for the hours that you work

As workers, we trade our skill and time for money. When your scheduled shift is over, your obligation to continue working for the company stops, and the obligation of the company to pay you stops as well. However, in the … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU members are asking us for information on pension and retirement

The unseasonably cold weather seems to have everyone wishing they could stay home. That may explain why GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson has had a rush of pension and retirement inquiries cross his desk. Torgerson can answer your questions, such … Continue reading

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We’re accepting applications to become a GSU Defense Fund director

We are accepting expressions of interest from GSU members who are interested in becoming a director on the GSU Defense Fund. The board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund is responsible for overseeing the administration and investment of the Fund assets … Continue reading

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When you need someone to talk to, we’re here.

GSU is listening and here to help.If you have questions about workplace issues or external problems that are affecting your work, don’t hesitate to reach out to your GSU staff rep. Our services are provided to you as part of … Continue reading

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Happy New Year to You from Us!

GSU offices will be closed on Jan. 3.

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GSU members vote to continue Defense Fund dues

A majority of 72.81 percent of members voting at GSU annual meetings have voted to approve a motion to continue the additional dues being paid into the GSU Defense Fund for another year. Votes on the additional dues were conducted … Continue reading

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No Tuesday Members’ Memo e-newsletter on Jan. 28

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Verifying pay stubs

Staff representative Steve Torgerson is assisting a GSU member who is struggling to receive the correct pay for hours they worked this autumn. “Payroll systems are complex,” said Torgerson. “By attempting to reduce human error and maximize efficiency using automated … Continue reading

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Car loading continues to cause problems for terminal elevator employees

Being constantly expected by your employer to adapt and adjust schedules at the last moment is all too common for GSU members working for Viterra and Richardson. Fortunately, there are tools that can help push back against unreasonable expectations, create … Continue reading

Local 01 - Viterra Ops & Maintenance, Local 14 - Richardson Pioneer

CountryGuide: Elevators hope mandatory vaccination doesn’t disrupt operations

Read this CountryGuide story here:  Elevators hope mandatory vaccination doesn’t disrupt operations – New regulations will require all federally regulated employees to comply early in 2022

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: If it’s important, get it in writing

One piece of advice frequently offered by GSU staff reps is “get it in writing.” “There are many different situations where members may receive verbal assurances, instructions or directives,” said GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson. “Conversations can be interpreted differently, … Continue reading

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