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Car loading, hours of work issues raised at WESTAC roundtable

GSU general secretary Wagner attended a virtual roundtable with Saskatchewan’s Ministers of Highways and Agriculture on March 31. The roundtable meeting was hosted by the Western Transportation Advisory Council  (WESTAC) and provided an opportunity for transportation industry players to present … Continue reading

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April 7, 2021 is the day the average Canadian female worker’s earnings since Jan. 1, 2020 match their male co-worker’s earnings for the 2020 calendar year

It’s finally here. April 7 is Equal Pay Day in Canada  April 7, 2021 is the day the average Canadian female worker’s earnings since Jan. 1, 2020 match their male co-worker’s earnings for the 2020 calendar year. You read that … Continue reading

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The Saskatchewan government introduced a three-hour leave for employees to get COVID-19 vaccination

The Government of Saskatchewan announced that effective March 18, 2021, workers are entitled to three consecutive hours leave during work hours  to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Workers do not lose any pay or other benefits while receiving their first COVID-19 … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU files executive grievance challenging denial of sick leave benefits to employees age 65+

March 16, 2021 TMM GSU has filed an executive grievance challenging Richardson Pioneer over the denial of sick leave benefits to employees age 65 or older. The grievance was filed with company representatives on March 10 and a grievance meeting … Continue reading

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Happy International Women’s Day!

#ChooseToChallenge A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. Let’s all choose to challenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. International Women’s … Continue reading

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GSU CONVENTION 2021: Delegates to elect GSU president, two vice presidents, general secretary and the five-person board of the GSU Defense Fund

Delegates to GSU’s biennial policy convention will elect the union’s president, two vice presidents and general secretary as well as the five person board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund. Accordingly convention delegates who wish to be a candidate … Continue reading

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Should employers be exempt from giving employees at least 24 hours’ notice of change to their work shifts? A copy of GSU’s submission to government officials is available here.

A copy of GSU’s submission is available here. Should employers be exempt from giving employees at least 24 hours’ notice of change to their work shifts? GSU doesn’t think so.  GSU has submitted a brief opposing exemption of grain handling … Continue reading

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Is there something you would like to see GSU doing differently? Submit your recommendation as a resolution to the GSU convention

GSU’s biennial convention is where important policies, plans, and changes are discussed, debated and implemented. If you have a suggestion or see something you would like implemented or done differently within GSU, let us know. Contact your GSU staff rep … Continue reading

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Get the health care you need without leaving home

A trip to the doctor just got easier. You can see a doctor virtually from the comfort of your home. Lumeca’s Saskatchewan-based care providers are licensed to practice family and emergency medicine, and they are trained to assist you by … Continue reading

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Severance pay in the event of an employee’s death

GSU’s collective agreements with several employers including Nutrien, Richardson Pioneer and Viterra have position elimination articles providing income protection measures to employees who find themselves without a job as a result of their position being eliminated. There might be subtle … Continue reading

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Members vote to approve constitutional changes, continue Defense Fund dues

Members attending GSU’s annual general membership meetings were asked to vote on amendments to GSU’s constitution and whether to continue paying dues  into the GSU Defense Fund. Meetings have concluded, the results of the votes have been tabulated. Majority approve continuing … Continue reading

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BeGrainSafe mobile training trailer demonstrates and educates dangers of grain entrapment

According to the Canada Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), the number of people being trapped in grain is on the rise in Canada. With that in mind, CASA developed their BeGrainSafe program to help farmers, their families, workers and first responders … Continue reading

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Have you used your Health Flex Spending Account or other health benefits?

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. Check your collective agreement … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Navigating COVID at the workplace

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world around us has become challenging and unusual. People find themselves thrust into situations for which there is no playbook. And so it was for a group of GSU members who were … Continue reading

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Is your leave of absence a paid leave? It depends on the circumstances and the wording of your collective agreement

Under GSU’s collective agreements with various employers, provisions exist for modest periods of paid leaves of absence to enable employees to attend to personal or family emergencies, support, or care situations without suffering a loss of pay. Depending on the … Continue reading

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