GSU Executive Committee meets, agree to recommend filling upcoming staff representative vacancy

GSU’s executive committee held a conference call meeting on April 29 to follow up on the union’s March 2021 policy convention. The meeting was attended by president Jim Brown, vice-president Michelle Houlden, newly elected vice-president Curtis Cousins, and general secretary Hugh Wagner.

The meeting received a report from Wagner on the costs of repairs and renovations to GSU’s Regina office building which will total approximately $70,000 to cover stuccoing, new window inserts, and a new furnace.

Also discussed were GSU attendees at the CLC/SFL Spring School. To date one member from Local 8 (Advance) is registered and another from Local 1 (Viterra) had expressed interest.

Wagner also reported that the CLC’s virtual convention will be held from June 16 to 18. Curtis Cousins volunteered to be the Executive Committee’s monitor and Wagner committed to arrange for someone from GSU staff to do likewise.

The meeting’s main item of business was discussion of the union staff rep vacancy which will be created by Dale Markling’s retirement . The executive committee will be recommending filling the position and a recruitment process to GSU’s Joint Executive Council.

Subject to Council approval, an advertisement of the vacancy will be issued in mid-August with an early September closing date. More details will follow.