Last week the Province of Manitoba introduced an11th hour amendment to its wage freeze legislation (Bill 28), which is being challenged by the MGEU and other public sector unions in court. Today the government backed down from its latest stalling tactic, by officially withdrawing its motion to adjourn, which means the challenge is going to trial as planned.
The MGEU kicked off the upcoming training year by releasing the 2019-2020 Education Calendar. As in years’ past, the MGEU will offer Core Courses like Representing Our Members and Bargaining Collectively, which provide a solid foundation for workplace representatives in their elected roles. Popular Issues Seminars, which allow workplace reps to explore issues in-depth with courses like Conflict Resolution Skills, also return this fall.
This fall, the MGEU, along with other unions involved in the Partnership to Defend Public Services, has been busy preparing for their court challenge — scheduled to begin November 18 2019 — of the government’s unconstitutional, heavy-handed wage freeze legislation (Bill 28).
The Minister responsible for the Civil Service, Scott Fielding, is refusing to appoint an arbitration panel after the MGEU recently filed for arbitration in order to reach a contract settlement. In denying Civil Service members their legal right to arbitration, the MGEU Civil Service Bargaining Committee has no choice but to pursue this matter in court.
More than 180 Thompson residents have been displaced from their homes following a suspicious fire in the north tower of the Forrest View Suites earlier this week. “This is a significant and challenging situation for those living in this building. It’s very fortunate that no one was killed in this fire,” said President Michelle Gawronsky who was in Thompson this week. “I spoke with MGEU members, including several social workers, who are working with the displaced families to help them find places to stay. Everyone involved is doing a great job working around the clock and pouring their hearts into their community to do everything they can to help right now.”
The members of the Duke of Marlborough School (Local 446), who work in the Nursery - 12 school in Churchill, recently voted to accept their first contract.
Members of Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services (Locals 435-437), who provide a full range of services to support First Nation families throughout southern Manitoba, ratified their first collective agreement today.
After being elected to a second term last week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister unveiled plans for his next 100 days in office yesterday. And in what may seem like déjà vu for many MGEU members, the Pallister government is looking to continue to cut jobs and services in its newly-minted mandate.
Throughout September and October the MGEU is celebrating Manitoba's public services by hosting special MGEU member events throughout the province.
As we do before every provincial election, the MGEU recently submitted a series of questions about policy issues currently impacting the union’s members to the leaders of each of the three elected political parties.
Today, voting in the health care representation votes came to an end, and the Commissioner has released the official results.The successful union in each vote is listed below:
MGEU health care members in the Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority are going to have a little more money in their pockets thanks to six recent MGEU grievance wins.
The MGEU is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of nearly $30,000 in MGEU educational scholarships and bursaries. “We’ve had a record number of applicants this year for our Area Bursaries. It’s great to see so many MGEU members and their families put their names forward,” said MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky. “Our union is about building a better life for our members and these bursaries give people the chance to pursue an education and upgrade their skills.”
The meth crisis in Manitoba is affecting MGEU members from across the province, and President Michelle Gawronsky is calling on the provincial government to address the crisis head-on and invest in treatment beds before it escalates further.
The MGEU’s Civil Service Bargaining Committee has decided to file for arbitration due to the employer’s refusal to discuss wages and benefits at the bargaining table.
On Thursday, July 25 at 7 pm the MGEU is hosting a tele-meeting with our MGEU specialists and everyone involved in the health care union representation votes is welcome to listen in or ask a question.
The MGEU is calling on the government to implement effective strategies to help protect members working in correctional facilities following a recent assault at Milner Ridge Correctional Centre. On Monday night a correctional officer was attacked by two inmates inside the facility. His injuries required medical attention in hospital.
Manitoba health care workers will be voting on which union they want to represent them August 8 through to noon on August 22, 2019 — and beginning Thursday, July 11, they’ll have an opportunity to meet with members of the MGEU Care Comes First team to ask questions and learn more about the MGEU.
Today, the MGEU filed a group grievance on behalf of Civil Service members who worked in the LifeFlight Air Ambulance program and were recently laid-off without proper notice.