Health Care Support Services Central Table Bargaining - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Approx. Number of Members: 6,800
Current Contract Expires: March 31, 2017
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Tara Schjerning, Angela Eilers
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Annamarie Bonneteau - Holy Family, Local 89; Dawn Bathie - Victoria Lifeline, Local 137; Stephen Chartrand - Southeast Personal Care Home, Local 386; Tannis Chwartacki - WRHA Selkirk Laundry Operations, Local 126; Marie-Lynne Debusschere - WRHA Pan Am Clinic, Local 352; Marianne Fleming - Golden Links Lodge, Local 88; Cecile Friesen - Villa Youville, Local 102; Nicole Gariepy- Actionmarguerite (Saint-Boniface), Local 85; Ramon Gomez - Sharon Home, Local 96; Carol Grant - Prairie Mountain HCSS, Area 3, Local 421; Theresa Hardie - Prairie Mountain HCSS, Area 2, Local 412; Jennifer Jeanson - Actionmarguerite (Saint-Vital), Local 85; Dulari Kallu - Convalescent Home, Local 82; Shelly Rougeau - Interlake-Eastern HCSS, Area 5, Local 413; Dexter Penner - Eden Mental Health Centre HCSS, Local 84; Terry Rear - Fred Douglas Lodge, Local 86; Lynn Ritchot - Victoria Hospital Support, Local 100; Christiane Roussin - Dr Gendreau, Local 83; Tina Tavares - River Park Gardens Personal Care Home, Local 371; Nicole Vandepoele - Ste Rose Hospital, Local 95; Sharon Thorgilson - Interlake-Eastern HCSS, Local 413; Brenda McKay - Prairie Mountain HCSS, Local 412; Kirk Carr - Prairie Mountain HCSS, Local 421;
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS
MGEU leadership filed an unfair labour practice, on behalf of the HCSS Central Table and other health care support Locals, with the Manitoba Labour Board on Friday, January 5, 2018. 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, under the condition that if the government did not move forward
steadily, and in good faith, with the votes and get HCSS members back
to the table
as soon as possible, the MGEU would request new hearing dates
The union representation votes are now scheduled to begin in August. Health Care Support Service members will have an opportunity to vote for the union they want to represent into the future beginning Thursday, August 8, 2019 until Thursday, August 22, 2019.
Overview of Bargaining So Far
Province-wide meetings for members to present their ideas and proposals for improving their agreements wrapped up in March 2017.
In May 2017, a bargaining update was mailed or emailed to members (depending on the contact info they've provided to the union) providing additional information about bargaining and the impacts of Bill 29.
By December 31, 2017, even though HCSS agreements had expired and the HCSS Central Table
Bargaining Committee was ready and eager to get going, negotiations had
not begun. Employers were unwilling to schedule
One issue was that the government had said they want HCSS 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.