Earlier this week, MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky sent a letter to the Finance Minister to help anyone who contracts the virus at work. The letter echoes the call from the Manitoba Federation of Labour for the provincial government and Workers Compensation of Manitoba (WCB) to provide presumptive coverage for all Manitoba workers who may become infected with COVID-19 through the course of their employment.
“These workers and their families are worried about their health and safety and paying the bills,” said MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky. “The government needs to give a clear directive to all school divisions that staff will not be laid off and we are calling on the education minister to provide this directive immediately.”
Starting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, MGEU is making some adjustments in order to comply with public health orders, while continuing to serve members and help answer their questions.
We have fielded thousands of calls, emails, and messages over these past few weeks, and are focused on resolving the most pressing issues facing members during this pandemic. Find out how MGEU has been working for members in this update. Also in this update: Send a message to the Premier and add your voice in support of EI top up, to help working families.
The MGEU is urging all employers to actively pursue work-from-home options to allow members to keep their maximum “social distance.” Also covered in this update: applying for EI and/or the Emergency Care Benefit.
Today the Pallister Government tabled a provincial budget that continues to underfund Manitoba’s public services, while starving provincial departments amid a viral pandemic and a looming economic crisis.
In an effort to ensure the adequate and appropriate level and distribution of health care staff, the MGEU, along with other unions, has reached an agreement with health care employers regarding the redeployment of staff within the sector.
The MGEU is committed to serving its members through the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. However, there will be some adjustments to how we serve members to protect members and staff, and to fulfill our responsibility to limit and slow the spread of the virus, until the COVID-19 threat recedes.
Following the guidance of public health officials, the MGEU is taking precautionary steps to reduce the risks for members and staff posed by COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Dozens of MGEU correctional officers and community members attended the Legislative session today to watch the presentation of a petition with nearly 6,000 signatures supporting the union’s position to keep the Dauphin jail open until a new healing centre is built.
For months now, MGEU members in the Department of Infrastructure have been reporting concerns about the declining level of service being provided by their Department. Skyrocketing employee vacancies, equipment disappearing out of the yards where they work, and being left in the dark about the future of their jobs is extremely disconcerting.
Last night, Kirk Carr, an MGEU activist out of Fairview Personal Care Home, was acclaimed as president of the Brandon and District Labour Council. This is Carr’s second term as president in Brandon.
The Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS) delivered closing arguments this week in the court challenge against the government’s wage freeze legislation (Bill 28) for public sector workers. The government surprisingly changed course in its closing arguments – appearing to have given up on the idea that there was a “fiscal crisis” and, instead, based their argument on amendments to the law that have yet to be passed and that would not allow for free and fair collective bargaining.
Picketers slowed traffic heading into the Manitoba Legislature this morning in an attempt to send a direct message to the Pallister government: your decision to cancel plans for a new Dauphin Correctional and Healing Centre is a terrible mistake.
The National Union of Public and General Employees has launched their 2020 Scholarship Program with some enhancements this year. New for 2020, NUPGE is adding the Young Worker Scholarship, while increasing all other scholarships from $1,500 to $2,500.