Category Archives: FYI posts

Ontario moves to ban employers from demanding sick notes

There is a certain irony in being too sick to be at work but sitting in the doctor’s office waiting to request a sick note. An Ontario physician believes the proposed labour legislation banning Ontario employers from demanding sick notes … Continue reading

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SaskForward releases video challenging budget cuts

  SaskForward, a coalition of Saskatchewan-based civil society groups, has released a new video that challenges the Saskatchewan government’s claim that deep cuts to public services and programs are inevitable. By reversing the 1% corporate tax cut announced in the … Continue reading

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Personal space: how close is too close?

You may not have an exact measurement for the physical distance you prefer between you and those around you, but you are certainly aware when that space becomes violated. A number of factors determine an acceptable amount of personal space, … 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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Jade Dulle is riding her bike 1,300 kms across Saskatchewan for mental health

Learn more about the ride and how to donate here. Today (May 23, 2017) a young woman and past Saskatchewan Federation of Labour camper, Jade Dulle, starts a 1,300 kilometre bike ride across-Saskatchewan to raise awareness for Mental Health. Grain … Continue reading

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Changing vacation leave to sick leave: can it be done?

A member became sick while on vacation and contacted the union to ask if the collective agreement had any provision for changing vacation leave to sick leave.  GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson advised that once you are on vacation it … Continue reading

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GSU members: did you know you can view your collective agreement online?

You can access, view and print a copy of your collective agreement using the Collective Agreement tab in the menu bar, above. What is a collective agreement? Your collective agreement is a contract that describes the terms and conditions of … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Members under constant pressure to make themselves available “in case” car loading becomes necessary during time off shift, weekends.

Members at Country Elevator locations are under constant pressure to make themselves available “in case” car loading becomes necessary during time off shift or on weekends.  This can result in working excessive hours on days off, or being unable to … Continue reading

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SIMON ENOCH ARTICLE: Saskatchewan’s Cruel and Unusual Budget

Simon Enoch (Director of the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) assesses the province’s 2017-2018 provincial budget: Saskatchewan’s Cruel and Unusual Budget Saskatchewan’s Cruel and Unusual Budget  

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March 21 – International Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day

Everyone is entitled to human rights without discrimination, and everyone has an obligation to combat racial discrimination. March 21 is the international day for the elimination of racial discrimination and it is the perfect time to make a personal commitment to … Continue reading

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Does your open-mouth-chewing, pen-clicking, foot-tapping co-worker drive you wild? You may suffer from Misophonia

Certain sounds that are simple background noise to you may trigger anxiety, insomnia, feelings of rage/fear, and even depression in others.  Misophonia is defined as the hatred of sound, but you don’t need to hate all sounds to suffer from … Continue reading

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The Birth of an Activist: The Early Years of SFL President Larry Hubich

Larry Hubich has served as the president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour for the past 15 years. Prior to taking on the SFL’s top position, Hubich worked for GSU as a staff representative and as a computer programmer at … Continue reading

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The worst passwords of 2016

Major data breeches in 2016 exposed log-in information and passwords for millions of people. A number of companies made the best of a bad situation by evaluating the passwords and compiling lists of the most commonly used – and worst – … Continue reading

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SaskTel sale proceeds may only eliminate a quarter of the province’s operating debt, says author

As Saskatchewan’s $1.2 billion provincial deficit soars, the government is talking about possible wage freezes and job cuts for public-sector workers.  There are also whispers about selling SaskTel. Legislation proposed by the Saskatchewan Party last autumn would allow the government to … Continue reading

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What to do if you’re about to be investigated or disciplined by your employer

If you are called into an investigation meeting by your employer you should ask if this could result in discipline. If the answer is yes, you have the right to have a union representative present.  If you request to be … Continue reading

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