Manitoba Government & General Employees Union

Temporary compensation agreement extended again for health care workers disrupted by staffing shortages

The MGEU has agreed to another extension of the Reassignment/Redeployment Interim Premium Agreement. The temporary agreement with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Secretariat (PHLRS) provides additional compensation for health care workers who've been disrupted by staffing shortages. It was to be in place until November 27 but has been extended to December 4, 2020 while the PHLRS, employers and unions work to revise the Redeployment MOA.

Manitoba announces Caregiver Wage Support Program

Today the Manitoba government announced a new $35-million Caregiver Wage Support Program for front-line workers in long-term care and other settings. The province, which is cost-sharing the program with the federal government, says it will be available to more than 20,000 Manitobans currently working full-time or part-time on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible MGEU members will include many government community workers and direct service workers; health care aides, recreation workers and housekeeping staff in long-term care; as well as staff at community agencies that provide social services to at-risk youth and families.

Pallister government tables bill to allow minors to help enforce liquor/cannabis laws

As the Pallister government continues down its risky path to further privatize Manitoba liquor sales, the government has introduced legislation that would allow the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority to hire minors to help enforce the laws that keep liquor and cannabis out of the hands of underaged Manitobans. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, says the amendments to enforcement legislation are connected to the government’s privatization scheme (Bill 40) and are simply a weak smokescreen to support their plans to privatize more liquor sales.

MGEU issues statement on Grandview Health Centre Temporary Closure

Today the Manitoba Government and Prairie Mountain Health announced that the Grandview Health Centre in is being temporarily closed and all staff from the Health Centre are being redeployed to work in the Grandview Personal Care Home, where there is a COVID-19 outbreak. In response, MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky has issued a statement.

Interim compensation for HCAs extended and expanded to cover more health care workers

Last week, the MGEU informed health care aides (HCAs) that the union and the Provincial Health Labour Relations Secretariat (PHLRS) had agreed to a temporary agreement to support members who have been disrupted by a staffing shortage. The agreement was put in place to allow time to negotiate revisions to the COVID Redeployment Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed off last Spring. The temporary agreement was to be in place until November 20 but has been extended to November 27, 2020 while we work to revise the Redeployment MOA. It has also been expanded to cover all health care members and not just HCAs.

Additional Compensation for HCAs Disrupted by Staffing Shortages

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip Manitoba, the staffing situation in health care facilities has become critical. The MGEU and the Provincial Health Labour Relations Secretariat (PHLRS) are in discussions to revise the current COVID Redeployment Memorandum of Agreement signed off last Spring to support members who are disrupted by staffing shortages. In the meantime, we have agreed to additional compensation for affected HCAs.

MGEU's Healthy Minds At Work Campaign kicks off today

The Healthy Minds At Work campaign aims to engage MGEU members on workplace mental health, raising awareness of mental health as a workplace issue, helping members have conversations about mental health, connecting members with mental health resources and supports, and providing members with tools and information to advocate for more psychologically healthy workplaces.

MGEU Stands in Solidarity with Alberta Health Care Workers

The MGEU stands in solidarity with the Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) health care workers on strike in Alberta. "These workers have been pushed to the brink and are courageously fighting back against a mean-spirited government that is putting public health care for all at risk."

More Cuts, Privatization and Blame in Throne Speech

Today, the Pallister Government unveiled a Speech from the Throne in the Manitoba Legislature. This speech is meant to outline and highlight the government’s blueprint for the legislative session, and signal to Manitobans what the government actions will be moving forward. If today’s Throne Speech is any indication of that, Manitobans can expect more of the same: public service cuts, budget reductions, increased privatization, along with plenty of blame for the federal government.

Honouring the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

Today we remember the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls whose lives have been tragically cut short by violence.To honour their memories, the MGEU has hung red dresses in the windows of our offices at the Union Centre in Winnipeg. We also encourage members to join the Sisters in Spirit Virtual Vigil, organized by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

A call to action for Members of Parliament on Orange Shirt Day

Today, on Orange Shirt Day, the MGEU offers a call to action to all Members of Parliament across Canada to provide unanimous support for Bill C-5, which seeks to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for federally regulated workers that will be observed as a statutory holiday on September 30.

Staff Shortages Threaten Drinking Water Safety

This week, the Auditor General issued a report called Drinking Water Safety Oversight. It contained alarming statistics that require immediate attention. The MGEU has written a letter to Conservation and Climate Minister, Sarah Guillemard, asking for a meeting to discuss the findings and address critical staffing shortages in the Office of Drinking Water.

Staff Shortages Threaten Water Safety

This week, the Auditor General issued a report called Drinking Water Safety Oversight. It contained alarming statistics that require immediate attention. The MGEU has written a letter to Conservation and Climate Minister, Sarah Guillemard, asking for a meeting to discuss the findings and address critical staffing shortages in the Office of Drinking Water.

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