Local 15 (Nutrien) “final offer” vote: Information, balloting deadline, and bargaining history available here

Your GSU bargaining committee is bringing the Company’s June 5 Final Offer to you for a vote. Information was emailed to GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) members on June 11 and a voting package with a ballot was mailed on June 16.

If you have questions, concerns, or you need additional information, please contact GSU Local 15 bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling, your GSU staff representative, or any member of the GSU bargaining committee.

Deadline for receipt of your ballot is noon on Friday, July 3.
A member of the GSU bargaining committee will be in the Regina office to assist with counting the votes that afternoon.

A GSU bargaining committee report/summary of the Company’s final offer AND a copy of the Company’s final offer are available here. Please review both documents prior to voting.

If you have questions, concerns, or you need additional information, please contact GSU Local 15 bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling, your GSU staff representative, or any member of the GSU bargaining committee.

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.

LOCAL 15 / NUTRIEN
BARGAINING HISTORY:


Local 15 bargaining committee email to members, Members to vote on “final offer”

Source: GSU bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling’s email to members

June 8, 2020 

Greetings,

I am emailing on behalf of your GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) bargaining committee to update you on our most recent bargaining sessions with Nutrien representatives held June 2 and June 5.

At the June 5 bargaining meeting Nutrien representatives presented our committee with a so-called final offer. While we have significant concerns about the content of the offer, your GSU committee felt it was important to take the offer to members for a vote. 

Details of the offer and information on the voting process are being finalized and will be communicated to Local 15 members soon.

Stay well, stay safe,

GSU LOCAL 15 BARGAINING COMMITTEE

Dale Markling
Local 15 bargaining spokesperson


Bargaining set for June 2 and 5

SOURCE: May 29 email from Dale Markling to GSU Local 15 (Nutrien) members

On May 29, GSU bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling sent an email to Local 15 members advising that the union and company had set June 2 and June 5 for resuming bargaining. The two sides will be meeting by video conference.

If you didn’t receive this email, please send an email to gsu@gsu.ca and let us know you would like your current email address added to our database.


May 20 email update from GSU bargaining spokesperson, Dale Markling

Source: GSU web page, May 21, 2020


GSU proposes return to GSU/Nutrien bargaining table

Tuesday Members’ Memo – May 5, 2020

GSU and Nutrien last met for collective agreement renewal bargaining on Feb. 19. While the parties are close to agreement in many respects, there are significant differences in a few key areas. 

The Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions have delayed the bargaining, but GSU bargaining spokesperson Dale Markling has contacted the company about returning to the bargaining table via a video format or in person. 

GSU is waiting for Nutrien’s reply.


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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