Will GSU members continue paying into the GSU Defense Fund?

When you attend your annual general meeting, you will vote on this resolution to continue or cease additional dues paid into the GSU Defense Fund:

“Be it resolved that the additional dues being paid into the GSU Defense Fund by members/employees represented by GSU shall continue until Dec. 31, 2020, subject to review by the members of the union at the 2020 annual Local and Sub-Local meetings.”

What is the GSU Defense Fund?

The primary purposes of the GSU Defense Fund is to ensure and provide for the continued operation of GSU and to provide strike/lockout pay to members of GSU in the event they strike or are locked out.

GSU members pay additional dues of 1 percent of regular pay to a maximum of $10 per member per month. These additional dues will continue to be paid into the GSU Defense Fund until suspended by the Joint Executive Council or discontinued by a vote of the members of the union.

The GSU Defense Fund is required to maintain a minimum operating balance of $2.5 million. At the end of the second quarter of 2019, the assets of the GSU Defence Fund stood at $4.6 million.

Contact your GSU staff rep to learn more about the Defense Fund, or read more here.