Diagnostic Services Manitoba, Facility Support - Locals 373, 387 and 391 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Apr 23, 2019
Approx. Number of Members: 33
Current Contract Expires: March 31, 2017
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Darren Darvill
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Area 2 Roberta Hannibal Area 3 Veronica Oman Area 5 Cheryl Heintz
LATEST BARGAINING NEWSOn January 5, 2018, MGEU leadership filed an unfair labour practice, on behalf of the HCSS Central Table and other health care support Locals, including DSM, Facility Support - Locals 373, 387 and 391, with the Manitoba Labour Board. Through a Labour Board hearing, the union could argue that employers must stop stalling and begin negotiations immediately in good faith.
The Labour Board scheduled hearing dates for June 20 and 21, 2018. In
early May, however, the government proclaimed Bill 29, but gave few
details about exactly
when and how the representation votes will be held.
Given this, the MGEU
agreed to put our unfair labour practice hearing on
hold. If the government does not move forward
steadily, and in good faith, with these votes and get HCSS members back
to the table
as soon as possible, the MGEU can and will request new hearing dates
At this point, the union anticipates votes to be called in the next month or so.
Overview of Bargaining So Far
Members of Diagnostic Services Manitoba, Facility Support - Locals 373, 387 and 391 had an opportunity to share their ideas and proposals for improving their collective agreement at bargaining proposals meetings held throughout the province in February 2017.
The Committee then spent time pulling together these proposals into a package to present to the employer. However, when they approached the employer, requesting that negotiations begin, they received no response.
One issue was that the government had said they want health care workers in
each region to be covered by one union and one collective agreement —
but they hadn’t told the unions or the employers exactly how this will
happen, or when.
In the mean time, the MGEU began working on the issue of province-wide wage freezes.
Last spring, the government announced that they would not consider
giving any public service workers any general pay increase for the first
two years of their new contract.
This legislation, known as Bill 28 or The Public Services Sustainability Act, is not fair.
So the MGEU has formed, along with the other unions, the Partnership to Defend Public Services. This Partnership will be challenging the government in court because what they’re doing goes against Canadian laws — all workers have the right to negotiate a fair contract, including their wages.