Category Archives: FYI posts
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
If you need assistance in the summer months, don’t hesitate to contact Hugh or Steve. Staff rep Donna Driediger is scheduled to return from a leave of absence in mid-August, and we are working to hire a new staff rep … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
GSU staff reps regularly assist members who have been asked to learn a new skill or take on extra duties, responsibilities, or a higher-paid job. “It’s great when your manager sees how valuable you are to the company and provides … Continue reading
GSU staff rep Dale Markling was contacted by a member who was concerned that their workplace Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) wasn’t providing the level of service that was provided under the previous provider, such as a one-on-one meeting with a … Continue reading