GSU Local 19 (Prairie Co-op) members vote to accept Memorandum of Settlement

Source: March 31 Tuesday Members’ Memo

Members of GSU Local 19 participated in the union’s first ratification vote held under Covid-19 restrictions. Conference call and electronic voting on March 25 determined that 100 percent of the members voting were in favour of acceptance of the settlement as the basis of their new collective agreement. 

Local 19 bargaining committee members Devin Lipinski and Steve Torgerson were pleased with how willingly Local 19 members adapted to a different method of voting. 

“Safety of our members is important, and social and physical distancing made it necessary to conduct this vote a little differently than our normal process,” said GSU staff rep and bargaining committee spokesperson Steve Torgerson. “We appreciate that the members of Local 19 were receptive and we thank them for helping to make things work in unusual circumstances.”

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GSU Local 19 (Prairie Co-op) members to vote on Memorandum of Settlement

March 24, 2020

GSU Local 19 bargaining committee members Devin Lipinski and Steve Torgerson reached a memorandum of settlement with Prairie Co-op Ltd. on March 13, and now it’s time for members to vote on whether to accept or reject the settlement. 

In order to maintain and respect recommended social and physical distancing as recommended by the government of Saskatchewan, the Local 19 bargaining committee has decided that ratification of the settlement will take place through a conference call and electronic vote on March 25. 

Local 19 members will be contacted using email or phone information on file at GSU. If you would like to update your information, please contact Steve at

“We all have to do our part to flatten the curve and keep each other safe, but we must also try to continue on with as much of our daily life as possible,” said Torgerson said. “Local 19 members are hard at work serving their communities and they are taking every precaution to keep themselves and their producers safe. We want to help keep them safe as they vote on the proposed settlement.”