St. Amant Support - Local 92 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: May 22, 2019
Approx. Number of Members: 470
Current Contract Expires: March 31, 2017
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Steve Ash-Hamon
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: President: Candy Doucette Vice-President: Gisele Alarie Chief Steward: Matt Swirks
LATEST BARGAINING NEWSMGEU leadership filed an unfair labour practice 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, on condition: the government must move forward
steadily, and in good faith, with these votes and get HCSS members back
to the table
as soon as possible,or the MGEU can and will request new hearing dates
Overview of Bargaining So Far
The St. Amant Support Bargaining Committee held meetings to gather ideas and proposals for improving the collective agreement on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
The Committee then reviewed these proposals and worked to put them together into a package to present to the employer.
As of December 31, 2017, even though HCSS collective agreements had expired and the St. Amant
Support - Local 92 Bargaining Committee was ready and eager to get
going, negotiations had not begun. Employers were unwilling to
One issue is that the government has said they want HCSS workers in each region to be covered by one union and one collective agreement — but they haven’t told the unions or the employers exactly how this will happen, or when.
In the mean time, the MGEU has been working on the issue of wage freezes.
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.