Category Archives: FYI posts

Labour’s role in The Big Game 58 (including the football)

While NFL fans are aware of Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl 58 loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, many may not realize the significant role union labour played in making the event spectacular. … Continue reading

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LABOUR NEWS: SGEU faces contract impasse with Saskatchewan government

Negotiations between the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union (SGEU) and the Public Service/Government Employment (PS/GE) bargaining unit have hit a roadblock. Despite over a year of talks, the parties have failed to reach an agreement since the previous contract … Continue reading

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It’s important to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st

The most recent Regina Police Commission report shows that in 2022 more than 10 lives have been lost each month in Regina alone. Take a careful look at the pictures of loved ones who have been lost – think of … Continue reading

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Have you used your Health Flex Spending Account or other health benefits? It’s time to check your account.

The point of using your health benefits isn’t just to use up the money – it’s to make sure that you are getting the medications, treatments and help you need to feel and be your best mentally and physically. Self-care … Continue reading

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GSU to submit brief on supervisory employees

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner is preparing a written brief to Saskatchewan’s Minister of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety regarding the status of supervisory employees under the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA). “Following a two-year period of grace, on April 29, … Continue reading

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Confronting inappropriate comments at work

Harassing, inappropriate or unwanted comments or behaviours can have a significant and long lasting negative consequences to a workplace. It can take a heavy toll on the member who is receiving the negative comments or behaviours, but it can also … Continue reading

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8 simple steps to winning over everyone in the workplace

Love them or not, we all have co-workers. We may not agree with their politics, enjoy their punny sense of humour, or appreciate their half-full coffee cups in the office sink, but it’s in everyone’s best interest to co-exist and … Continue reading

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Returning to work after an extended absence?  Review your rights with your GSU staff rep

GSU members returning to work from an extended absence as a result of illness or injury are encouraged to contact a GSU staff rep before finalizing the terms of their return. Most often the return to work process works very … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Serious Illness leave

A GSU member reached out to staff representative Donna Driediger with questions about using serious illness leave to tend to a family member, and if same would be charged against their earned sick leave credits.  Donna stated that in this … Continue reading

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Small gestures can make a big difference

It’s surprising how the little things in life can make a big difference. Whether the person ahead of you in line pays for your coffee, your supervisor pops in to thank you for doing a great job, or someone waits … Continue reading

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Hints for surviving your Christmas office party

‘Tis the Season for office Christmas parties. Whether you are excited, disinterested, or obligated to attend, the following guidelines will help you navigate the office party.  Learn more here: How to behave at the Christmas office party This article has been … Continue reading

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Items you just shouldn’t wear in the workplace

  If you want to be taken seriously by your employer and your co-workers, there are some definite no-nos around the office. Showing up for work with wet hair, fishnets, or sweatpants will never be career-enhancing moves. Check out the … Continue reading

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OPINION PIECE – TIM QUIGLEY, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF LAW: Bill 40 says winding-up/shutting down a Crown corporation is not privatization. There should be a complete repeal of Bill 40.

Do we trust the government? The citizens of Saskatchewan know that Crown corporations act in the public interest to provide services and revenue to the province that private corporations do not always do.  Sasktel provides internet and cellular coverage to … Continue reading

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Canadian unions believe anyone with a health card should have coverage for the medicines they need.

Canada’s unions are proud that we’ve won health insurance coverage for many of our members. But we believe anyone with a health card should have coverage for the medicines they need. That’s why we’re working to win a universal prescription … Continue reading

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What is wrong with the government selling 49% of a crown corporation? Wouldn’t the people of Saskatchewan still be able to control the crown corporation?

There are major problems with partial privatization.  If 10% or more of a Crown corporation is privatized, the corporation will have to pay federal taxes.  Crown corporations that are fully publicly-owned are exempt from federal taxation. Paying taxes forever should … Continue reading

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