Category Archives: general interest – GSU members

Don’t answer work calls when you are sick, on personal time away from work, or not actively working

Regardless of the employer or the season, GSU staff representatives consistently handle calls from members who are stressed about receiving work-related calls during their time off, vacations, or sick leave. In response, our representatives offer a straightforward piece of advice: … Continue reading

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BILL C-58: Federal government introduces legislation to ban use of replacement workers

Canadian unions are welcoming the federal government’s introduction of Bill C-58, legislation to ban the use of replacement workers. This legislation will curtail the use of replacement workers in any federally-regulated industry during strikes or lockouts. Free and fair collective … Continue reading

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GSU staff representative coverage areas are expanding and their responsibilities are shifting

Steve Torgerson’s responsibilities have undergone a significant shift since he assumed the role of GSU’s general secretary at the union’s March 2023 biennial policy convention. The general secretary role doesn’t encompass the day-to-day servicing responsibilities of a GSU staff representative … Continue reading

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Severance pay – one of the most overlooked advantages of a collective agreement

By GSU staff representative Mason Van Luven There is often a misconception that “severance pay” is a condition of employment or labour law when a worker’s position is eliminated, their plant is closed, or the company would otherwise like to … Continue reading

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We shouldn’t be comfortable with our elected officials skirting the Charter for a political hot button issue

Today at noon in Regina some members and staff of GSU attended a rally at the Legislature challenging the provincial governments recent announcement to use the not withstanding clause to push their pronoun law. First, here’s a quick recap of … Continue reading

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Be Thankful, Be Safe this coming holiday weekend

By GSU staff rep Brian Lark This weekend is the Thanksgiving long weekend in Canada. On Friday, everyone will be rushing out the door to prepare for spending time with family and friends. Whether your holiday takes you away from … Continue reading

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Hot weather safety

Health and Safety – By GSU staff rep Brian Lark It’s that time of year again and this season has brought on unusually hot weather. We always look forward to the warmer weather after a long cold winter, but there are … Continue reading

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The 2022/2023 report of GSU’s Joint Executive Council is now available

The 2022/2023 Joint Executive Council Annual Report to GSU members is available to be read and/or downloaded. 2022/2023 Annual Report of GSU’s Joint Executive Council This report of the union’s governing body was reviewed and adopted by delegates to GSU’s … Continue reading

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GSU’s 15th biennial policy convention recap

GSU’s 15th biennial policy convention took place March 23-25 at Moose Jaw’s Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa. Nearly forty delegates were in attendance to represent their peers as they set GSU’s guiding policies and reviewed the union’s operations, finances and plans … Continue reading

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MARCH 8: Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day to women everywhere! Today we celebrate social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and resolve to continue fighting for women’s equality. Learn more about International Women’s Day here.  

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Attend GSU’s policy convention (March 23-25, 2023 – Temple Gardens Spa, Moose Jaw, SK) Getting down to business: Review of the 2022 audited financial statements

The Joint Executive Council convenes a policy convention of GSU delegates once every two years prior to May 31. The location of the March 23-25, 2023 policy convention is the Moose Jaw Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa. Getting down to business: Review of the … Continue reading

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GSU Local 16 (Lake Country Co-operative): Tentative settlement, ratification meeting to be held

A tentative settlement was reached during the first bargaining session on Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2. A bargaining update and ratification meeting to vote on the memorandum of agreement will be scheduled once the Memorandum of Agreement has been … Continue reading

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If you are a GSU member who is interested in becoming a director on our Defense Fund board, we want to hear from you.

  Delegates to GSU’s 2023 biennial policy convention in March will elect five directors to the board of GSU’s Defense Fund. The directors hold quarterly meetings (some years a few more meetings might be necessary). The aim is to hold … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: If you manager wants an investigatory or disciplinary meeting, you have the right to union representation

If your manager wants to have a chat with you about something, they absolutely have that right. Depending on the circumstances, you have the right to have a union rep present. “Members have a right to union representation when the … Continue reading

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Lawsuit settled, CIBC will pay $153 million to current and former employees for working unpaid overtime

On Jan. 6 it was announced that CIBC will pay $153 million to approximately 30,000 current and former employees to settle a class action law suit over the bank allowing/requiring employees to work unpaid overtime. While settlement of the law … Continue reading

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