Category Archives: We’re working on it

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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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Our first National Truth and Reconciliation Day and our plans going forward

Sept. 30 was historic as we recognized our first Day for Truth and Reconciliation in our province and across Canada. It was a day for somber reflection as we honoured the victims and survivors of residential schools and considered how … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Questions from a GSU member who is preparing for retirement

Staff representative Steve Torgerson assisted a member with questions about the many options and preparation that needed to be considered prior to their anticipated 2022 retirement.  In addition to offering guidance and answering questions, Torgerson provided the member with a … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Be mindful when using a company vehicle

If you are driving a company vehicle, you can and should expect to be held accountable for your usage. And if the company needs to use it against you, they will. GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson is assisting a member … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: GSU members, COVID-19, and mandatory vaccinations

As the Delta variant has become the predominant strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, the debate about vaccination has shifted. It is now pretty clear that proof of two-shot vaccination is starting to be adopted in various places and jurisdictions as … Continue reading

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WE’RE WORKING ON IT: Local 1 (Viterra) car loading and standby issues subject of meeting

GSU president Jim Brown and general secretary Hugh Wagner are meeting with Viterra management on Aug. 10 to discuss issues related to on again/off again train loading directives and the strain imposed on country operations employees. “It seems as though … Continue reading

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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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