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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Member finds they hadn’t been paid for a year’s worth of double-time

GSU staff rep Mason Van Luven has been assisting a member who recently discovered they hadn’t been paid for a year’s worth of double-time. “Your collective agreement is a contract that describes the terms and conditions of employment for employees … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Work requirements cause vacation cancellation concerns

GSU staff rep Brian Lark was contacted by a member who was concerned that their long-standing approved vacation time would be cancelled due to work requirements. Brian contacted human resources who advised that while management had indicated that it would … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson is assisting a member with a position elimination

“Having your position eliminated is different than being terminated for cause because it has nothing to do with work performance. That said, being told your position is being eliminated is still difficult,” Torgerson said. “It’s important to know your rights … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Member did not receive an interview for a position

  When a GSU member didn’t receive an interview for a position they had applied for, they contacted staff rep Steve Torgerson to discuss the situation. Torgerson is pursuing discussion with the employer in an attempt to find a resolution. … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Interviews and final preparations for an arbitration

  Last week general secretary Hugh Wagner conducted interviews with the grievor and a former GSU staff in preparation for this week’s Sept. 29 and 30 arbitration of a Local 7 member’s grievance challenging their employer’s calculation of severance pay … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Severance pay grievance moved to arbitration, date set

An arbitration date has been set for Sept. 29 and 30 for the grievance of a member who is contesting the amount of severance pay they are entitled to under the collective agreement with their employer. The employee’s position was … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Navigating short- and long-term disability while you are unwell

“It’s difficult for members who are attempting to navigate the waters of short- and long-term disability while they are unwell,” Driediger said. “The process can be daunting.” GSU staff understand the lingo and the players, and we can work with … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Time off – We’re fielding questions on vacation plans, changes and usage

The past year has been challenging with COVID restrictions and Mother Nature putting a damper on work. Some members saw their work location switch from office to home, others worked short-staffed when fellow members lost their jobs and many members … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Standby Pay – You deserve to be paid for the hours that you work

As workers, we trade our skill and time for money. When your scheduled shift is over, your obligation to continue working for the company stops, and the obligation of the company to pay you stops as well. However, in the … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Verifying pay stubs

Staff representative Steve Torgerson is assisting a GSU member who is struggling to receive the correct pay for hours they worked this autumn. “Payroll systems are complex,” said Torgerson. “By attempting to reduce human error and maximize efficiency using automated … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: If it’s important, get it in writing

One piece of advice frequently offered by GSU staff reps is “get it in writing.” “There are many different situations where members may receive verbal assurances, instructions or directives,” said GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson. “Conversations can be interpreted differently, … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Helping members sort through snow-day paystub issues

GSU staff reps are fielding calls from members who reviewed their pay stubs and are questioning how their time was calculated. Employees throughout Saskatchewan were sent home early or told not to come in when last week’s winter storm created … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: How sick is too sick to be at work?

Cold and flu season has arrived, and GSU staff reps are fielding inquiries about sickness, sick leave, and what makes you too sick to be at your workplace. Three years ago you could haul your sniffling, coughing self into work … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Helping to straighten-out sick benefits

An employee was off work as a result of a medical procedure. When they realized they weren’t fully aware of the employer’s process for claiming sick benefits before beginning their leave from work, they called general secretary Hugh Wagner at … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: We think a double penalty constitutes a violation of employee’s rights

We’re arguing that an employer action constitutes a double penalty, and that violates the employee’s rights Preparations are underway for the arbitration of a GSU member’s grievance in response to being penalized when 2021 annual wage increases were distributed by … Continue reading

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