Today, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky sent the following update to all MGEU members about the union's next steps after the Bill 28 court ruling, MGEU meetings during the pandemic, and what to expect in the coming months.
The MGEU is surveying its members to learn more about how technology is changing their work and how the union uses technology to continue to serve members during the pandemic and into the future.
Meeting the needs of Canadians requires improved public services, not new forms of privatization. That’s the message from a new report – For the Public Good: The growing threat of privatization and workers’ proposals to protect our future – released yesterday by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) Task Force on New Forms of Privatization.
Yesterday, the government announced it would be expanding their Risk Recognition Program by increasing the maximum income threshold for essential workers – those who earned a total pre-tax employment income of $12,500 during the 2.5-month eligibility period (excluding overtime) will now be eligible to apply.
With an ongoing commitment to identify, remove and prevent barriers in the workplace and the union, MGEU would like to promote Accessibility Manitoba’s webinar this Thursday, June 18th. See story for registration details.
June 14 to 20 is National Public Services Week – a chance to recognize the contributions of public-sector workers in Manitoba and across the country. While we can't recognize Public Services Week in quite the same way this year, we can still celebrate the achievements of the skilled people working on the front lines and behind the scenes to keep families safe and help our lives run smoothly by displaying these signs of gratitude.
After three long years of standing up for the rights of public sector workers to sit down and negotiate their wages with the Pallister government, today is victory day. Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench Justice McKelvey has ruled that the government's wage freeze law, the Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28), and its actions to impede collective bargaining with Manitoba's public sector workers are a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The RMs of Stuartburn and Piney have declared local states of emergency, while provincial workers – including those from the Emergency Measures Organization, Manitoba Infrastructure, and Manitoba Hydro – are in the region assisting local authorities and residents.
The Pallister government announced today its Risk Recognition program (aka pandemic pay or wage top-up) that the MGEU and others have been advocating for since the crisis began.
Nearly two months after Premier Pallister announced his intention to seek layoffs and work reductions to reduce public sector workforce costs by as much as 30%, the MGEU has secured no-layoff protection in exchange for five unpaid days off.
To show Manitobans the vital services MGEU members are providing at this unprecedented time, we’re asking you to send us a selfie at work (or on your break, or before your shift, or after work), along with info about the service you provide, so we can share it.
After five weeks of the MGEU repeatedly calling on the Pallister government to provide concrete details about its proposed reductions to the Civil Service workforce, we have finally received a specific proposal.
Late yesterday, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky was invited to join a video conference consultation meeting today with Manitoba Finance Minister Scott Fielding to discuss the Province’s responsibility for overseeing a one-time “risk recognition payment” to front-line workers in the battle against COVID-19.
On May 13, MGEU supporters joined hundreds of other Manitobans to circle the Legislative building during question period in protest of Pallister's cuts to public services.
On behalf of hard-working members at the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), the MGEU is challenging Premier Pallister’s comments today that layoffs there are justified because there is “not enough work for everyone.”
The Manitoba government’s phased-in, conditional relaxing of public health restrictions means the MGEU is once again making some adjustments to the ways the union serves its members.
MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says that, while creating STEP summer jobs for students is important, it should not be done in a way that makes the province's recent layoff and work share scheme even worse.
MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says that while the union supports efforts to minimize the spread of the virus, there remain many unanswered questions about the implementation of this initiative and its impact on workers.
MGEU has made repeated efforts to ensure that community support workers in Prairie Mountain Health and Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority have the personal protective equipment necessary to safely do their work. Despite this, these employers continue to restrict the appropriate use of PPE and they often provide unclear and contradictory direction on PPE usage.
The only new information available about the Premier's proposals comes from his comments in the news media. Last week, he talked about 25% of public workers being impacted by his layoff and work reduction scheme. Yesterday, he told media: "I don't expect it to be anywhere near 10 per cent impact. The fact of the matter is, it'll be less than that, and it will vary by department."