BARGAINING UPDATE: Major obstacles remain in Nutrien bargaining (no new bargaining dates scheduled)

UPCOMING BARGAINING DATES: To be determined.

GSU collective agreements with Nutrien expired Dec. 31, 2019. Your GSU Local 15 bargaining committee members are Brian Cowen, Curtis Cousins, Lynn Shaw, GSU staff rep Steve Torgerson, and GSU staff rep/bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling.

Collective bargaining is how the union and company management arrive at the terms and conditions of employment for the workers in the bargaining unit. 


Major obstacles remain in Nutrien bargaining

SOURCE: Tuesday Members’ Memo, Feb. 25, 2020

The Nutrien and GSU bargaining committees met in Regina on Feb. 18 and 19 to continue bargaining. The two sides were unable to reach a settlement despite the GSU committee’s best efforts. 

The main obstacles are:

  • company proposals to remove Sick Leave, Short Term Disability, Pension, and Paid Personal Leave days from the collective agreement,
  • union proposal to provide a fair minimum increase in wages to all employees who meet an acceptable level of performance.

If you have questions or comments, contact a member of your GSU bargaining committee.


Major gap between the two sides in Nutrien bargaining

SOURCE: Tuesday Members’ Memo, Feb. 4, 2020

The Nutrien and GSU bargaining committees met in Regina on January 28 and 29. While some progress was made in narrowing the issues, there is still a major gap between the two sides. 

Nutrien has created an obstacle in the bargaining over its insistence on removing collective agreement coverage of significant aspects of employment conditions and benefits and proposing instead that they be dealt with as company policy. 

On wages, the parties are not far apart with respect to percentage increases, but the big difference is whether the aggregate approach should continue versus GSU’s proposals that everyone is eligible for a guaranteed annual increase in addition to performance based movement towards the top of one’s pay range.

Bargaining dates in February are being considered for continuation of bargaining.


Sign-off on some non-monetary proposals

SOURCE: Tuesday Members’ Memo, Jan. 14, 2020

On Jan. 7 and 8, the GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining committee met with the company representatives for their second set of negotiations. 

GSU bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling reports that the two parties signed off on some non-monetary proposals and the company intends to present their full monetary package to the union committee when they meet again on Jan. 28 and 29.


Nutrien bargaining gets underway with an exchange of proposals

SOURCE: Tuesday Members’ Memo, Dec. 17, 2019

On Dec. 13, GSU’s Local 15 bargaining committee met with company representatives to begin collective agreement renewal bargaining. According to GSU bargaining committee spokesperson Dale Markling, the two sides exchanged proposals and there was good discussion when both sides sought clarification on the other party’s proposals.  

Bargaining is set to resume on Jan. 7, 8 and continue Jan. 28 and 29 in Regina. 

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