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MAHCP President Bob Moroz updates members on funds, unions’ coordination

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Standardization Fund

As reported to you in December, the Standardization Fund has been finalized and salary scales have been reviewed. We will be posting these new scales on our website as soon as possible so that the affected members have a reference to verify the changes in their wages as they are implemented by the employer. A separate, more detailed explanation will be provided shortly.

The distribution of this fund was delayed somewhat a few weeks ago as the Employer encountered an issue within their payroll record keeping that needed to be dealt with. Essentially, the employer(s) may not have had an increment date record of those members who have been at the “top of scale” prior to the WRHA migrating to the newer SAP payroll system. Our response to the Employer was that we were not going to agree to altering any member’s anniversary date. Of course, that meant that the employer would have had to go back to previous payroll providers to determine those dates. As frustrating as that may be, it is the obligation of the various Employers to maintain accurate records and we were not interested in making arbitrary changes. Those members who are not employed by the WRHA should be seeing these adjustments relatively soon.

Recruitment and Retention Fund

We are very close to concluding the discussion on this fund. It is my expectation that we will be able to finalize the distribution at our next meeting with the PHLRS to be held on February 15, 2017. It has always been our goal to distribute this fund as equitably as possible and we have made proposals to this effect previously.

More classifications in need

One thing I would like to make clear regarding both of these funds is that all of the classifications included in the original list as included in the Employer’s final offer will be seeing wage adjustments. I would also like to acknowledge that many more classifications are clearly in need of wage adjustments to ensure that we can recruit and retain the professionals we need to provide the services and care to Manitobans that we all deserve. This idea will continue to be carried forward during discussions regarding the Recruitment and Retention Committee as described in MOU #4 in the Collective Agreement. I hesitate to mention any one specific discipline, but I do realize that there are more than a few groups who require this attention.

Public Sector Unions’ Coordination

Many of you will have read a number of media stories regarding the challenges that public sector unions in Manitoba are facing now and for the foreseeable future. MAHCP is proud to be part of a coalition of these public sector unions, while simultaneously disappointed that this is even necessary.

When the Minister of Finance eventually invited “labour” to a meeting on January 5, 2017, I was in attendance. There has been a tremendous amount of work going on since that date in preparation of a follow-up meeting to be held on February 10, 2017. The government is seeking to consult with us to find solutions to the “financial crisis,” as they state it, facing Manitoba. There will be much more information provided as we continue down this path. I must admit that I am pleased with the level of solidarity and cooperation being shown among all public sector unions in this process.

My role is first and foremost to ensure that the interests of MAHCP members are represented in any such discussions. Included in that responsibility is my obligation to work to ensure that the entire Health system is adequately resourced and staffed and that the value of each of you is recognized by the government and the public.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz



February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month

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Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes functional intervention, education and recreation participation to enable persons with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society. Therapeutic Recreation intervention is provided by trained professionals in clinical and/or community settings.    Please visit the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association for more information.

Machinists Ink new deal with WestCan Industries


Tuesday January 31, 2017

For Immediate Release


Langley, BC – Members of IAM Local 692 have ratified a new collective agreement with WestCan Industries.

“This is an agreement everyone can be happy with,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Dale Gentile. “We have always had overtime paid at one and a half times the standard rate but we have just negotiated two times the standard rate for overtime and the minimum wage rate for students is now $15.00 per hour which supports our campaign for a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour.”

Machinists Negotiate Gem with Western Belting


Tuesday January 31, 2017

For Immediate Release


Burnaby, BC – Members of IAM Local Lodge 692 are all smiles after ratifying a new collective agreement with Western Belting Inc.

“These members have a very unique skill set that is in constant demand and it’s reflected in this collective agreement,” explained IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Dale Gentile.

VDLC Labour Education - Charter Rights Workshop

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Jan 31, 2017 FPSE News


Join instructors Leo McGrady and Jamie Baugh from McGrady & Company on February 4 for a Charter Rights in the Workplace workshop, offered by the Vancouver & District Labour Council. 


Doug McNicol Charter Rights Workshop

In recent years, the Supreme Court of Canada and some lower courts have confirmed important rights for Canadian unions and their members. Decisions regarding Bill 29 in the health care sector, the Harper government back-to-work order against postal workers, and the recent BC Teachers’ Federation win over the right to negotiate class size and composition all combine to establish that Charter rights, such as freedom of association, include the right to free collective bargaining and due process. The implications of these decisions by our top judiciary reach into every workplace - both public and private sector. This course provides an overview of the Charter Rights, the key decisions for unions, and how these cases can be used to advance our collective interests.

Date: Saturday, February 4

Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Registration: $100 VDLC affiliated union / $120 other (fee includes lunch & materials )

Instructors: Leo McGrady & Jamie Baugh, McGrady & Co.

Leo McGrady, QC of McGrady and Company specializes in labour law, human rights, class actions, intellectual property, and libel law, all on behalf of unions and employees. He has argued cases at all levels of court in British Columbia and the Territories, and served as counsel on a number of leading labour and charter cases in the Supreme Court of Canada.

James Baugh is Senior Counsel at McGrady & Company. His areas of practice include labour and employment law, human rights, defamation and civil litigation. Mr. Baugh has taught courses in labour law and human rights, and has made presentations on employment related topics at a variety of conferences and workshops. He was called to the bar in 1988.


Stand Against the Ban


The Canadian Association of University Teachers joins with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in strongly condemning the discriminatory ban on entry to the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Machinists Ink New Deal with Collins Manufacturing


Monday January 30, 2017

For Immediate Release



Langley, BC - A solid rejection of the first offer and an overwhelming strike vote were key ingredients in acquiring a new collective agreement for IAM Local Lodge 1867 members employed by Collins Manufacturing.

“I have never seen a more bitter and intense round of bargaining and all because the employer doesn’t respect the collective agreement,” explain IAM District Lodge 250 Business Representative Al Cyr.

Budget 2017 is an opportunity to get science right


(Ottawa January— 31, 2017) The upcoming federal budget is a critical moment for the Liberal government to deliver on its commitment to science and inclusion.  Ottawa must invest in fundamental research and focus on equity throughout the research ecosystem, says the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). 

“This government has taken important steps recognizing the role of science and inclusion in building a prosperous future for all Canadians,” says CAUT President, James Compton. “Budget 2017 must build on last year’s momentum and lay out a long-term plan to support and sustain basic research.”

CAUT recommends:

  • Investing $500 million over three years in core funding for non-targeted fundamental research through Canada’s granting councils to return to 2007 levels.
  • Increase funding to postsecondary education by $400 million per year;
  • Increase funding to support Indigenous scholarship and research by at least $50 million.
  • Commit to increase the participation of equity-seeking groups at all levels in federally-supported research and innovation initiatives

 “Canada’s future rests on our ability to make new discoveries, and we need to make sure that there is fair access to these opportunities. The government has an unprecedented opportunity to get science right this budget,” adds CAUT Executive Director, David Robinson.

CAUT represents over 70,000 academic staff working in more than 120 universities and colleges across Canada.