Dear GSU members,
It has been more than two months since I had the privilege of leading the great family that is the Government Services Union. Two months that have gone by at lightning speed and during which I have been able to familiarize myself with the day-to-day business of my new role. I would also like to thank the strong team at the National Office for their welcome and support during this time.
In the coming weeks and months, I plan to meet with each employer to share my priorities for GSU and its members and to emphasize the importance of union-management consultation. Too often, the Union is presented with a fait accompli when it comes to decisions that directly impact the lives of our members and it is time for that to change. More than ever, the Union must be at the heart of decisions in order to ensure that the interests of our members are well looked after.
During my inaugural speech, I mentioned my intention to offer more tools to our elected officials to help them better accompany our members. I am therefore pleased to announce that GSU is launching a series of Lunch & Learn as its first initiative. Once a month, members of the National Council and Local Executive Councils will be invited to take part in a lunchtime discussion on a relevant theme. These events will be recorded and posted on our new YouTube channel, making them accessible to all.
In closing, I want to acknowledge the resilience and dedication of GSU members. For the past 18 months, you have been there, sometimes in less than ideal conditions. My friends, I see you and I take my hat off to you.
The pandemic has created an opportunity for a reset, and rather than returning to business as usual, GSU must seize this opportunity to review its ways of doing things, both with employers and members. The next few months will be critical, and I am ready!
Bruce Roy, GSU National President, PSAC