Category Archives: general interest – GSU members

Alberta government’s Bill 32 is an assault on worker rights

Aug. 5, 2020 Workers and the labour movement in Alberta had been anticipating an assault on their rights since Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP) won Alberta’s provincial election in 2019. The assault arrived with the introduction of Bill 32. … Continue reading

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Strike or lockout looming in ILWU Canada, SGS Prince Rupert dispute

Barring a last minute settlement, members of ILWU Canada working for grain inspection firm SGS in Prince Rupert will either be on strike or locked out today. On Aug. 1, union members held a strike vote and voted 100 percent … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Shirley! You just won a GSU shirt and mask

Aug. 11, 2020 Last week we asked you to enter our contest to win a GSU shirt and mask by telling us what positive had come out of the pandemic for you. We weren’t surprised that every answer we received … Continue reading

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Are long hours and high pressure getting to you?

By GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner It seems to be somewhat cyclical, but with the steady ramping up of grain shipments from terminal elevator locations GSU is receiving an increasing number of complaints about excessive demands being placed on employees. … Continue reading

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Saskatchewan Federation of Labour cancels 2020 convention

Every autumn GSU members and officers look forward to attending the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) convention. The convention location rotates between Saskatoon and Regina, providing GSU members throughout Saskatchewan access to topical speakers, presentations, debates, and the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Take workplace disciplinary penalties seriously

People have a tendency to put unpleasantness behind them and move on, so to speak. Quite often this is the reaction when a worker is issued a warning, reprimand, or short suspension for an alleged workplace infraction. “If a worker … Continue reading

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GSU Defense Fund Directors meet

The GSU Defense Fund board of directors met by conference call on July 27. The primary purpose of the meeting was to review the Fund investments. GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner reported that the market value of the Fund assets … Continue reading

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LOCAL 15 (NUTRIEN) BARGAINING: updates and history available here

GSU collective agreements with Nutrien expired Dec. 31, 2019. Your GSU Local 15 bargaining committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling. Nutrien, Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining committee to … Continue reading

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Are you interested in participating in an OH&S webinar?

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is offering three occupational health and safety webinars for union members in mid-September. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16 – 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Protecting Our Members: Using OH&S Committees Effectively During COVID-19 THURSDAY, SEPT. 17 – 1:00 p.m. … Continue reading

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Our Sick Leave Organizer for GSU members is available here

When your sick leave extends to the point where the insurance company gets involved, it’s important to constantly track where things are at and keep in contact with the insurance company. “Things can slide off the rails quickly if you … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Missed increment date

A member contacted us with concerns that their increment date had been missed for a number of months. With permission from the member, staff rep Donna Driediger was able to contact company management and rectify the situation with retroactivity for … Continue reading

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Here are the instructions for your new GSU mask

Throughout July our GSU staff reps are busy checking in with members and distributing our new GSU masks. If you haven’t already got one, it should be on its way to you soon. Can’t wait? Contact your GSU staff rep. … Continue reading

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Mental health support for farmers? Soon there will be an app for that.

It’s frustrating when our plans are ruined by the weather. No one wants to go camping, fishing, or get their yard work done in excessive wind, rain, or extreme heat. Imagine how stressful it would be if your income relied … Continue reading

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See something? Say something!

Perhaps we’re socially conditioned to look the other way, but increasingly people around the world and in Canada are speaking out against a wide variety of injustices. Anti-racism protests and other public actions are chief among causes that more and … Continue reading

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LOCAL 15 (Nutrien): Members soundly reject company’s final offer

All ballots received in GSU’s Regina office by 12:00 noon were counted by GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining committee members Lynn Shaw and Dale Markling. The vote was supervised by GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner and staff representative Steve Torgerson.  … Continue reading

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