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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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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: standby pay, loading cars if a train shows up on the weekend

GSU staff rep Donna Driediger spoke with members who have been expected to be ready to load cars if a train shows up on the weekend, but are not being compensated as standby pay.  Donna advised members if the expectation … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Standby Pay

GSU staff representatives Donna Driediger spoke with members who have been expected to be ready to load cars if a train shows up on the weekend, but are not being compensated with standby pay. Donna advised members if the expectation … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: job reclassification

Staff rep Steve Torgerson has been in contact with GSU members who think their duties and responsibilities have increased to the point where a job reclassification may be in order. Steve is working with them to put the information together … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: eligibility for sick leave benefits

A GSU member contacted staff rep Lawrence Maier regarding eligibility for sick leave benefits.  The member was deducted vacation and earned time off for overtime for a number of doctor and specialist appointments while dealing with a serious illness.  The … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Stable, reliable shift schedules. Bring your suggestions to your annual meeting

One thing that makes shift work bearable is having a set schedule worked out far in advance. Shift workers plan their lives around days off. Working nights and weekends puts a great strain on daily living, and especially family life. Having and … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: clarification on temporary performance of higher duties

A GSU member has requested clarification on the “Temporary Performance of Higher Duties” provision of their collective agreement.  The employee feels they are performing duties that are above the job description set out for their position. When employees are assigned to do duties … Continue reading

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