Who we are, what we do
Who We Represent
The Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union represents 40,000 working Manitobans, making it the largest union in the province.
MGEU members live and work throughout Manitoba and in a wide variety of workplaces ― roughly a third of the MGEU's membership are employed directly by the Province of Manitoba (referred to as Civil Service members), while others work in crown corporations, universities and colleges, health care facilities, social service agencies, and arts and cultural organizations.
In other words, the MGEU represents members who are as diverse as the services Manitobans enjoy every day.
What We Do
MGEU “activists” elected from the membership work closely with professional MGEU staff to:
- Bargain with employers to achieve better wages, benefits and working conditions;
- Assist members when they have concerns about their workplace or feel they've been treated unfairly;
- Monitor and influence policy that will affect members' interests and concerns.
MGEU President and Officers
Every second October, the MGEU holds a biennial two-day Convention.
Throughout the year, the elected MGEU President works alongside MGEU staff to carry out day-to-day union business. Each month, an elected Board of Directors, including the president and four vice-presidents, meets to report to each other and oversee ongoing union activities.
All MGEU members belong to a Local. For the vast majority of members, their Local is simply determined by where they work. For example, all those who work for the Winnipeg Art Gallery are organized under the Winnipeg Art Gallery Local 150.
Every two years, at a Local meeting, members elect a chief steward and president to act on their behalf. The chief steward is responsible for responding to concerns in the workplace, while the president acts as meeting chair and bargaining representative.
Depending on the number of members in a Local, a vice-president and members-at-large can also be elected to provide greater representation.
Depending on its location within the province, each Local also belongs to an Area Council.
These geographically-divided Areas (The Pas and surrounding region is Area 1; Dauphin and surrounding region is Area 2; Brandon and surrounding region is Area 3; Portage la Prairie and surrounding region is Area 4; Selkirk and surrounding region as well as Steinbach and surrounding region are Area 5; Winnipeg is Areas 6 and 7; and Thompson and surrounding region is Area 8) allow members to come together and discuss regional concerns.
Some Locals share specific interests ― a common employer, collective agreement, or particular employment-related concerns. These Locals are often organized a little differently, within strategic groupings known as Components.