The union’s governing body originally planned to meet in person in Regina, but COVID’s fourth wave necessitated a last-minute switch to an online gathering.
The meeting agenda included a review of the minutes and directions from the 2021 GSU policy convention, reports on current administrative issues and union finances, recommendations from the staff representative recruitment committee (see top story, above) and adoption of the general secretary’s autumn report to union members.
The JEC meeting also approved conducting a membership vote on the annual resolution to continue the additional membership dues being paid into the GSU Defense Fund.
Sheila Tran (Local 2 – Viterra head office) was elected as a GSU vice president to replace Curtis Cousins (Local 15 – Nutrien) who stepped down in the aftermath of his job with Nutrien being eliminated.
“On behalf of the member of the Joint Executive Council, I want to extend thanks to Curtis for his service and for being willing to serve the members of GSU. We wish him well in his next chapter,” said GSU president Jim Brown. “At the same time, we are pleased to welcome Sheila to GSU’s executive committee and thank her for stepping forward to take on a new role.”
The JEC also elected three members to vacant seats on the board of directors of the GSU Defense Fund. A separate article on this subject will be carried in the next Tuesday Members’ Memo.
The meeting ended with a discussion of 2021 annual meetings this fall and whether the format would be in-person meetings, virtual meetings or a combination of the two. Ultimately it was decided that each Local and Sub-Local would have to make the decision that best suits their circumstances.
Learn more about the union’s governing body – the Joint Executive Council – here.
If you are interested in representing GSU members by becoming a JEC member, considering running for office at our upcoming membership meetings.
Contact Steve at the GSU office to learn more.