Addictions Foundation of Manitoba - Locals 116-120, 378 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Apr 01, 2020
Approx. Number of Members: 290
Current Contract Expires: March 23, 2019
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Colin Ghostkeeper
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Area 2 : Kristen Porter (Local 116) Area 3: Olivia Neufeld (Local 117) Area 4: Alec Zebrun (Local 118) Area 5: Jarrett Yaworski (Local 378) Area 6: Donald Wallace (Local 119) Area 8: Jean Nemeth (Local 120)
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS
The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba - Locals 116-120, 378 Bargaining Committee exchanged proposals and began negotiations with the employer on June 13 and 14, 2019. Since then, negotiations have been impacted by issues at the Civil Service Master bargaining table and throughout the public sector.
THE GOVERNMENT’S WAGE FREEZE LEGISLATION (BILL 28)
In 2017, 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. So along with other Manitoba unions, the MGEU formed the Partnership to Defend Public Services to challenge the government in court they’re doing goes against Canadian laws – all workers have the right to negotiate a fair contract, including their wages.
trial was held over a few days in November 2019. MGEU President Michelle
Gawronsky took the stand as the 4th PDPS witness. Economists, other
labour leaders, labour relations experts, as well as several MGEU staff were
also called to testify.
All of this testimony added to the body of evidence placed before the judge, which already includes 37 affidavits and more than 100 pages of agreed upon facts.
In January 2020, the PDPS and the Government filed their written arguments with the court. Final arguments were heard over three days in February. We are now awaiting a ruling from the trial judge.
THE GOVERNMENT’S REFUSAL TO APPOINT A THIRD-PARTY ARBITRATION BOARD
The Civil Service Bargaining Committee exchanged proposal packages with the employer in March 2019 and negotiations began in mid-April. Almost immediately, these negotiations were frustrated by the Province’s refusal to discuss wages and benefits and their unwillingness to be up front about whether or not they intended to table the wage mandate contained in Bill 28.
As a result, the Civil Service Bargaining
Committee felt compelled to file for arbitration, which allows an independent,
third-party panel to hear arguments from both sides, and determine a contract
settlement. The Committee strongly believes that an independent arbitration board
will provide a fair outcome, setting aside the Province’s unproclaimed
legislation. This judgement has been reinforced by recent arbitration
settlements in Manitoba’s public sector.
After filing for arbitration, the MGEU began working with legal counsel to prepare the MGEU’s presentation on behalf of all MGEU Civil Service members.
However, in September 2019, the MGEU learned that the Minister responsible for the Civil Service is refusing to appoint an arbitration panel. In effect, the Minister is denying Civil Service members their legal right to arbitration.
This left the MGEU with no choice but to file an application asking the Court of Queen's Bench to order the government to appoint an arbitrator.
union and the Province filed written arguments on January 30, 2020 and made their case in front of the judge on February 27, 2020. We are now awaiting the Court's decision.
Overview of Bargaining
In an effort to hear from as many members as possible, the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba - Locals 116-120, 378 Bargaining Committee asked members to email their proposal(s) to them by Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm. Meeting were held throughout February to discuss and vote on all proposals brought forward.
The Committee then worked to pull together these proposals into a bargaining package to present to the employer.