Manitoba Government & General Employees Union

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 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.

MGEU's Mellissa 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.

Privatizing highway snow clearing will put public safety at risk: Gawronsky

The government’s privatization push on highway snow clearing moved forward last week, when they quietly posted several requests for proposals from private contractors to bid on snow clearing services for the 2019/2020 season. President Gawronsky says that the Province should look to the experiences in Ontario to see how privatization could put public safety at risk.

MGEU Member Survey to Begin November 13

Starting November 13 (for the next 2-3 weeks), the MGEU will be undertaking the annual survey of its membership to determine members’ attitudes on a number of crucial issues facing those in the public sector. Any member of the MGEU that is asked to participate will be contacted by phone and information collected for the survey will be kept personal and anonymous.

MGEU Member Survey to Begin Next Week

Starting next week (for the next 2-3 weeks), the MGEU will be undertaking the annual survey of its membership to determine members’ attitudes on a number of crucial issues facing those in the public sector. Any member of the MGEU that is asked to participate will be contacted by phone and information collected for the survey will be kept personal and anonymous.

Premier Shuffles Cabinet, Introduces new Ministers

Premier Brian Pallister unveiled his government’s new cabinet today, shuffling a few portfolios and appointing two new ministers.Sarah Guillemard will become the new Minister of Conservation and Climate, while Reg Helwer assumes the role of Minister of Central Services and the Civil Service. As MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky points out, the absence of a minister primarily responsible and focused on labour remains concerning.

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