Grain Millers

GSU Local 4 – Grain Millers

Local 4 (Grain Millers) settlement breaks mould

Tuesday Members’ Memo – Sept. 27, 2022

The agreement renewal settlement ratified by GSU Local 4 members in August represented a sharp break from a trend of settlements dominating collective bargaining and wage increases generally for the last decade.

On general wage increases alone, the Local 4 settlement with Grain Millers in Yorkton set a new high watermark of 6 percent in the first year, 5 percent in the second year and 4 percent in the third year. The compound increase in pay is 15.75 percent over the life of the three-year collective agreement.

Added to the general wage increases are improvements to shift premiums, vacations, sick leave, a new safety eye wear allowance, dual ticket premiums and improvements to group health and insurance plans.

Altogether, the Local 4 settlement is testimony to the results possible through collective bargaining when union members are united and determined to stand their ground for better wages and employment conditions.

“From the get go, Local 4 members were determined to bargain hard toward their objectives,” said GSU staff representative and bargaining spokesperson Steve Torgerson. “Hats off to the members and the Local 4 bargaining committee for a job well done.”

Questions? Concerns? 

If you need help interpreting your collective agreement, have questions or concerns about a workplace issue, or if you are experiencing problems in the workplace, contact your executive members locally or your GSU staff representatives:

  • Brian Lark
    Toll-free 1.855.384.7314 (Saskatoon)
    Direct GSU Saskatoon office 306.384.7314
    Cell/Text  306.331.4220

We will work with you to find answers to your questions, recommend what course of action is best to follow, and find solutions that work for you.

With your permission we will act as your advocate in disputes, issues, contract interpretation, and other problems with your employer.

Your inquiry will be treated with strict confidentiality and we will not contact your employer or act on your behalf without consultation, direction, and approval from you.

These services are provided to you as part of your union dues. There is no additional charge for assisting you.