Category Archives: Another Problem Solved

Grievance results in pressing necessity leave awarded and banked time/overtime/vacation restored to members

When a severe winter storm prevented a number of GSU Local 1 members from attending work for all or part of their shifts on Nov. 9, 2020, they were required by their employer to use banked overtime or vacation to … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: GSU member to be paid for notice period

Recently a GSU member gave a month’s notice that he was resigning his employment and would be taking a job with a competitor, albeit in another community. The local management’s response was to inform the employee that he was done … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Grievance secures severance pay for GSU member

A GSU member is relieved after grievance action secured their right to receive severance pay from Viterra after a layoff of more than 12 months. “I don’t think there was ever any doubt about the member’s right to severance pay … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Member to receive pay increase

  A GSU Local 2 (Viterra Head office) member received a position elimination notice on Dec. 2, 2020 with the 120-day notice period expiring on April 1, 2021. When the member inquired whether they would receive the salary increase that was effective … 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

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Submitting a claim to insurance provider

A member called staff representative Steve Torgerson with questions about their benefit plan. The member was hired eights months ago and wasn’t sure how to claim for prescription medicine or how to submit a claim.  Steve walked the member through … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Another EI appeal win saves $9,664 for former GSU member

A GSU member working for the Western Producer received notice that his position was being eliminated effective the end of July 2017. The union member elected to go on layoff subject to recall and to defer his employment termination date … Continue reading

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GSU’s EI-appeal win puts $14,000+ back in the pocket of GSU member

A GSU member received notice that his position was being eliminated effective December 30, 2015. The union member elected to go on layoff subject to recall and to defer his employment termination date for six months, as provided for in … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: workplace mediation at a GSU-represented workplace

Recently members at a GSU-represented workplace attended a workplace mediation meeting to address conflict between a number of union members and their manager. The mediation process resulted from grievance action taken by the union members in response to complaints they … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: steps to create, foster, and enforce a safe workplace

A member was terminated following an investigation into complaints regarding their conduct at work. The member contacted GSU, consulted with staff rep Steve Torgerson, and filed a grievance. When Steve researched and prepared for grievance hearings, he identified a reoccurring theme … Continue reading

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Staff rep Donna Driediger spoke to a member who was having concerns about whether or not to apply for a position in their area

That’s the whole story. A member phoned with concerns and one of our staff reps helped talk things through and offer advice.  Just want advice? GSU staff reps can help. No problem is too small. If you need advice or … Continue reading

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Need help with an Employment Insurance claim? Contact your staff rep or the Unemployed Workers’ Help centre

A member was having problems with their Employment Insurance claim. Staff rep Steve Torgerson assisted the member and worked to make sure the claim form had been submitted correctly. After determining all was in order, Steve turned to Mark Crawford … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Extended health and dental coverage while on long-term disability benefits

Hugh Wagner and the Executive Committee of Local 8 are following-up on a grievance challenging a decision by Advance Tank Centres Ltd. to terminate the extended health and dental coverage of an employee who is on long-term disability benefits. The … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: attendance bonus

A GSU member working for Grain Millers had an issue with their attendance bonus. The issues was taken to the their manager and was still not resolved.   Staff representative Steve Torgerson assisted the member in filing a grievance that formalizes … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: job reclassification

Staff rep Steve Torgerson has been in contact with GSU members who think their duties and responsibilities have increased to the point where a job reclassification may be in order. Steve is working with them to put the information together … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved, We're working on it