Category Archives: Another Problem Solved

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: out-of-pocket health plan expenses

Recently, a GSU member mentioned in passing he was out-of-pocket for some health plan expenses that exceeded his coverage. A nearby GSU officer asked if the member had used the health spending account which was part of their benefit plan.  … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Do you know what conditions will apply when taking unused vacation immediately adjacent to retirement or other employment termination?

  In December 2016 a long-service Local 1 (Viterra – Operations) member contacted GSU staff rep Dale Markling upon discovering his employment had been terminated when he decided to burn up a few days’ vacation immediately before retiring. The union … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved, Local 01 - Viterra Ops & Maintenance

ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: correct interpretation of sick leave policy

  A GSU member was fairly certain he had correctly interpreted his employer’s policy on sick leave, but he called staff rep Steve Torgerson to make sure. Sorting out sick leave, doctors’ notes, and the timeline when the health provider … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: extra duties

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson assisted a member who was being paid to take on extra duties. The member had no issues with taking on the majority of newly assigned tasks, but decided to call the union office for advice … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: member’s question leads to a collective agreement interpretation, benefits other Local members

A member’s question ultimately led to a collective agreement interpretation which benefits other members of the Local. In 2016 a Local 1 member working for Viterra contacted GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner with a question which brought to light a … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: maternity leave, paternity leave, and how to divide it between parents

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson assisted a GSU employee who was expecting a child. The member had a number of questions about maternity leave, paternity leave, and how the leave could be divided between the member and his partner.  Do … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: sick leave for follow-up specialist appointment denied

A GSU member was able to use sick leave for his child’s emergency health issue, but when a follow-up appointment was scheduled with a specialist in a major center, the union member’s request for sick leave to attend the appointment … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: taxable benefit which showed up on a pay stub

A Local 15 (CPS) member recently contacted GSU staff rep Dale Markling with an inquiry about a taxable benefit which showed up on their pay stub.  Dale contacted company management for clarification before advising the employee that the taxable benefit … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Standy-by pay, call-in pay, and ability to make plans for the holiday season

Recently GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner was contacted by a group of members working in a terminal elevator who were concerned about their ability to make plans for the upcoming holiday season. Wagner provided the following information to the members … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Major dental benefit claim rejected

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner was recently contacted by a GSU member who was having a problem with a major dental benefit claim that had been rejected by Manulife. The member was concerned that he would be several thousands of … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Sick leave – “How much information do I need to provide?”

GSU staff reps routinely answer questions about sick leave, including how much information a member is required to share with their employer about the reason for the sick leave – particularly when the leave is for a very personal issue. … Continue reading

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Don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact GSU as soon as you suspect you may have a grievance

Recently one of our staff reps received a call from a member about a disciplinary action the member had received. Unfortunately it was past the the timeline in the collective agreement to file a grievance so our member was out … Continue reading

Another Problem Solved, FYI posts, general interest - GSU members