Manitoba Government & General Employees Union

Province Announces Dauphin Correctional Centre Closure

The Manitoba government has made it official that they are cancelling plans to build a new jail in Dauphin. Manitoba Justice shocked employees at Dauphin Correctional Centre (DCC) today by informing them they will be closing the existing facility on May 29, 2020 and renovating the space to expand the courthouse instead.

MGEU President Submits Budget 2020 Submission

Last night MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, put forward the union's submission for the 2020 provincial budget and asked the government to stand by their word to give Manitobans a budget that strengthens public services, health care, and education.

Nominate an MGEU Member for the 2020 Humanitarian Award

The MGEU is accepting applications for the 2020 MGEU Humanitarian Award, which will be presented at the MGEU Convention this October. If you know someone who you feel should be nominated for the 2020 MGEU Humanitarian Award, please put their name forward. The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2020.

Latest Department of Families document cause for concern

Last week, the provincial government released its 2020 strategy for the Department of Families a document that will have far-reaching implications over the next twelve months for the MGEU members who provide these vital services and the Manitobans who rely on them.

MGEU Welcomes Home Firefighters from Australia

Andrew Prokopchuk and Gerry Rosset were greeted yesterday by family at the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport after a 38-day stint helping Australian officials with the continuing firefight in South Wales, about 200 kilometres south of Sydney.

Major Changes and Long Wait Lists at Manitoba Housing

Manitoba Housing and its future were debated at the Manitoba Legislature in the closing week of the legislative session. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says the comments made by the Minister of Families are a "slap in the face" to those in Manitoba Housing who were recently told that changes are coming, which will affect services and potentially eliminate their jobs.

Busy Legislative Session Wraps Up

The Manitoba Legislature has wrapped up for another year and it was a busy one with a successful lobby day for members and meetings with the Premier, Ministers, and MLAs. Over a dozen pieces of legislation were introduced. Some were brand new, while others were carried over due to the early election call. Here are a few pieces of legislation that the MGEU is keeping an eye on.

Pallister Government Introduces "Public Service Act"

The government says the proposed changes will “modernize” the legislation and put added focus on “maintaining an efficient, safe and harassment-free workplace,” which MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says is welcome news. But she is also concerned that other, much less publicized, pieces of the legislation raise significant red flags for MGEU civil service members. In particular, the legislation will eliminate provisions in the Civil Service Act for the appointment of an arbitration board, and for the establishment of a Joint Council.

Pallister Government Introduces Changes to Public Service Act

The government says the proposed changes will “modernize” the legislation and put added focus on “maintaining an efficient, safe and harassment-free workplace,” which MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says is welcome news. But she is also concerned that other, much less publicized, pieces of the legislation raise significant red flags for MGEU members. In particular, the legislation will eliminate provisions for a joint council and the appointment of arbitration boards.

Government agrees to hold summit re retail thefts

Yesterday, MGEU stewards and safety and health representatives who work in liquor marts across the province, met with MLA’s from all three political parties yesterday during a lobby day highlighting an increase in violent brazen thefts in their workplace. These activists were able to share personal experiences about anxiety, stress and fear in the workplace and felt that they were finally given the opportunity to have their voices heard by government.

Gawronsky meets with Premier to raise members’ concerns

Yesterday MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, met with Manitoba Premier, Brian Pallister, to identify a number of areas of concern for MGEU members. The Minister of Finance (Scott Fielding), Minister of Central Services (Reg Helwer) and Minister of Families (Heather Stefanson) were also in attendance, and while the meeting only lasted about an hour, a number of important issues were discussed.

Liquor Mart Workers Assaulted in Aftermath of Theft

Tonight our thoughts are with our members who were assaulted and injured while doing their jobs today. And we are thinking too about all our Liquor Mart members who go to work each day worrying that what happened today will happen to them, or one of their co-workers or customers.

MGEU's Melissa Dvorak elected Winnipeg Labour Council President

Last night, the Winnipeg Labour Council held elections for positions on its executive. Melissa Dvorak, an MGEU activist out of MacDonald Youth Services, was elected President. With Dvorak’s election in Winnipeg, MGEU members now hold the position of Labour Council president in Brandon (Kirk Carr), Portage (Ed Miller), and Selkirk (Susan Smerchanski). MGEU members Liz Dodds and Jesse McNeil also serve as the elected are representatives from The Pas and Southeast on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council.

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