Manitoba Government & General Employees Union

Failing to protect all front line staff, programs puts patients at risk

Today, the Minister of Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority outlined how nurses will be impacted by the ongoing changes to Winnipeg’s health care system. The WRHA told media that there will be a job for every nurse and that there will be work elsewhere in the system for nurses who are without a position during the transition. MGEU is very concerned that other members of the health care team are not be treated similarly.

Public Health Model the Safest Road for Marijuana Sales

Today, the Government of Manitoba announced that it has issued an expression of interest (EOI) to “determine options and possible participants” in the new cannabis industry. This expression of interest should concern all Manitobans because it strongly suggests the likelihood of private distribution and sale of marijuana.

Powerful Health Care Ad Returns to Airwaves

The MGEU is bringing a powerful, award-winning ad about health care professionals back to airwaves this summer. “Woke” tells the story of a man’s recovery from brain trauma and how so many health care professionals – including paramedics, ultrasound, EKG and lab technologists, pharmacists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists – were vital to his survival.

WRHA announcement raises more doubt about the future of health care

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has announced another round of sweeping changes to meet the provincial government’s mandate to cut $83 million from its budget. Today the WRHA announced it will close four QuickCare clinics, raise service fees, reduce staff, contract out services, and transfer community cancer clinics to CancerCare Manitoba.

MGEU, partners file for injunction against Bill 28

Today, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky stood in solidarity with the Partnership to Defend Public Services, a coalition that represents over 110,000 workers, to file for an injunction against Bill 28, the Public Services Sustainability Act.

WRHA timelines too much, too fast

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has announced its timeline for the closure of three emergency rooms in Winnipeg and the conversion of the Misericordia Urgent Care Centre. MGEU members will know the WRHA has also previously announced the contracting-out of some home care services to private companies.

MGEU Member Survey to Begin

Starting next week, the MGEU will be undertaking an annual survey of its membership. Viewpoints Research, a professional public opinion research company, is carrying out the study to determine members’ attitudes towards their union and a number of crucial issues facing those in the public sector.