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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU contacts employers, province regarding National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept. 30)

GSU contacts employers regarding National Day for Truth and Reconciliation GSU has written to all of the employers of members of the union to ascertain whether they intend to adopt Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday to be known as … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Filing a WCB claim

Staff rep Steve Torgerson is guiding a member through questions and the process of filing a WCB claim. “We can assist with Workers’ Compensation Board appeals and other problems with claims,” Torgerson said. “Members should always feel free to call … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: We’re hearing from GSU members having problems with vacation requests

Summer is here and it’s vacation season for those who love to be out in the heat and sunshine. As is the case every year, GSU is hearing from members who are having problems booking or receiving their requested vacation … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Members seek union assistance to address unsanitary lunchroom issues

When GSU members felt unheard and frustrated about lunchroom conditions that made them want to lose their lunch, they turned to the union for help. The first step to solving a problem is to check in with supervisors and managers … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Bad weather has been leading to time loss isssues

Weather-related work interruptions on March 29 have resulted in confusion for GSU members working in Viterra grain handling facilities as their employer has told affected employees to use banked time or vacation to cover missed work. Employees who have contacted … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Boot inspections, Local 1 (Viterra)

  Some Local 1 (Viterra) members have been the subject of employer boot inspections to assess the quality of their boots for working on concrete and snow. After the inspection, members are advised of boot options and how much extra … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU members receiving lower rate of pay than new employee in same job classification with less experience

GSU is assisting a number of GSU members who are receiving a lower rate of pay than a new employee in the same job classification with less experience. The actions on behalf of the senior GSU members in question is based on the principles of equity and fairness and … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: members being asked to work outside Saskatchewan

GSU staff rep Donna Driediger is monitoring a situation where GSU members are being asked to work outside the province. Interprovincial travel is permitted for Saskatchewan residents, but public health recommends limiting interprovincial travel, if possible. If you need advice … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: New hire gets higher rate of pay than those already working in the position

GSU staff rep Dale Markling is assisting GSU members who filed grievances after a new employee was hired into the same position as the grievors, but at a higher rate of pay than existing employees at the location. If you … 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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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Get it in writing!

GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson is assisting a member whose understanding of circumstances didn’t coincide with the understanding management had on the same situation. Unfortunately, nothing is in writing, and when there is nothing in writing, it’s harder to enforce. … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Hours of work issues from 134 railcar loading programs

GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner is continuing to press Viterra management to take concrete steps to address hours of work issues stemming from 134 railcar loading programs. “In some instances, problems with design, staffing and railway performance combine to create … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Work schedules for weekend loading

GSU staff representative Donna Driediger has been working with members from Viterra to clarify their working schedule for weekend loading. “It is not unreasonable for members to know what options the Company has for having members work overtime on weekend … Continue reading

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GSU has sent three grievances to arbitration

  The first grievance is in relation to Local 9 (Trouw) members who did not receive their work performance evaluations in a timely manner. The members in question are seeking adjustments to their rates of pay.  The second grievance is … Continue reading

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Arbitrator to hear grievance on termination of employee’s extended health benefits while on LTD – Sept. 12, 13 & 14

A policy grievance filed on behalf of all of the members of Local 8 (Advance) and an individual member’s grievance will be heard by an arbitrator on September 12, 13 and 14. The grievances challenge the employer’s termination of an … Continue reading

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