Today the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the provincially owned Pineland Forest Nursery near Hadashville, which has grown reforestation seedlings for 65 years, will become a cannabis-growing operation when privatized in the new year.
Continuing with their cuts to the Civil Service, the Manitoba Government has announced that it will be eliminating eight translator positions as of March 29, 2019, which also happens to be the date that the “no lay-off” clause of the current Civil Service collective agreement expires.
Recently, the Pallister Government announced that it plans to change occupational safety and health regulations in several key areas in order to harmonize standards with other provinces. They claim the purpose is “to reduce barriers to interprovincial trade and increase labour mobility, while maintaining protections for workers.”
Despite evidence that privatizing air services will compromise safety and quality, the provincial government announced today that they will contract out water bomber services.
The Government of Manitoba is contracting out the jobs of MGEU members and laying off up to 11 employees in the government’s Real Estate Services Division (formerly Crown Lands and Property Agency), effective March 30, 2019.
The Government of Manitoba is contracting out the jobs of MGEU members and laying off up to 11 employees in the government’s Real Estate Assessment division of the Crown Lands Property Agency (CLPA), effective March 30, 2019.
The province is shutting down Churchill, Manitoba’s only public Liquor Mart, eliminating quality jobs in this northern community. For many years, our public Liquor Marts have balanced great selection and competitive pricing with social responsibility. Let’s continue to put the health of our communities and public safety before profits. Let’s keep Churchill’s Liquor Mart public! Please sign the petition.
Today the Pallister Government unveiled its Speech from the Throne. Often referred to as a provincial blueprint, it’s as chance for government to lay out their priorities and direction for the year ahead. Today’s speech contained concerning language around advancing transformation of public services with a new Public Service Act.
At first glance, it may have looked like a giant Christmas card. But MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky wasn’t bringing tidings of comfort and joy to the Legislative Building yesterday. She was delivering 1,500 signatures to the government from Manitobans against privatizing the Pineland Forest Nursery.
Manitoba’s largest union continues to grow as 16 Child and Family Services Western workers at the Emergency Placement Resource Centre (EPR) in Brandon chose the MGEU, making them the union’s newest Local. The MGEU currently represents other CFS Western members at the child treatment assessment centres (known officially as Cypress House and Patrick House) as well as the majority of those in child and family services across Manitoba – including approximately 225 members who work directly for the Province and over 700 other members who work in outside agencies.
A startling media report has surfaced that shows the Pallister government has spent more than $16 million to date on 20 different studies done by private consultants.“This should be concerning to all Manitobans. This is $16 million that could have been spent on delivering frontline services. Instead, they’re spending our tax dollars to fill the pockets of professional ‘privatizers’,” said MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky. “The fact that this is only for high profile studies makes you wonder how much more money they’ve wasted trying to justify their cuts to public services and privatization plans.”
Members of Teranet - Locals 397 and 399, who administer all land titles within Manitoba, ratified a new four-year collective agreement today.
Instead of investing in programs to help our youth, the Pallister government is eliminating supports. Five jobs have been cut from the Compass Residential Youth Program in Portage la Prairie – a unique Addictions Foundation of Manitoba program that helps youth aged 13-17 who are struggling with substance use disorders and mental health problems. Please sign and share the petition to send a message to the Manitoba Government and urge them to reverse these reckless cuts!
November 6, 2018 is Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day – a day to recognize the important contributions these workers make to help Manitobans in need. The day, first recognized a decade ago, has once again been proclaimed by the Manitoba Government.
This weekend a letter surfaced from 16 medical doctors from the Lifeflight Air Ambulance program highlighting their concerns for patient and staff safety if the service is privatized. The letter offers several criticisms of the government’s plan to privatize Lifeflight. In the letter’s conclusion the doctors emphasize: "We, the medical staff of Lifeflight Manitoba air ambulance, wish to make it clear that we are not prepared to work in an environment that provides substandard patient care and increases risk to patients and providers."
Members of Impark (Lot Attendant Employees) - Local 199 ratified a new collective agreement this past weekend.
Starting January 1, 2019 the HEB Manitoba Disability and Rehabilitation (D&R) Plan will expand to include all part-time employees. This is good news for part-time workers as it means they will no longer have to work a minimum of 15 hours per week to be eligible for coverage.
Congratulations to Gary Van Der Zweep of Red River College, who was named “Instructor of the Year” at Apprenticeship Manitoba’s Awards of Distinction Gala Dinner on November 1, 2018.
Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires announced today that the Manitoba government is eliminating 400 vehicles from its government fleet, which she claims will save approximately $2.3 million in operating costs. The move could save money. However, MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky is worried that the savings will come at the employees’ expense.
The MGEU forwarded an update from Robert Pruden, the Bill 29 Commissioner responsible for conducting the health care representation votes, to all MGEU members involved in the votes today.