St. Norbert Personal Care Home - Local 368 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Oct 07, 2020
Approx. Number of Members: 90
Current Contract Expires: June 26, 2017
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Loren Findlay
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Cosmedine Rosario, President Mercy Puznak, Chief Steward Angela Hansen, Vice-President
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS
Members of St. Norbert Personal Care Home - Local 368 had an opportunity to share their ideas and proposals for improving their collective agreement at a bargaining proposal meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Committee then reviewed these proposals and worked to pull them together into a
package to submit to the employer. A number of issues, however, have delayed negotiations (see below). Please stay tuned for when bargaining is scheduled to begin.
Overview of bargaining so farBy the end of 2017, even though all HCSS agreements had expired and MGEU Bargaining Committees were ready and eager to get going, negotiations had not begun. Employers — including Beacon Hill, Poseidon, Golden Door, and St. Norbert — were unwilling to schedule bargaining dates.
One issue was that in 2017, the government announced they wanted HCSS workers in each health region to be covered by one union and one collective agreement — but did not proclaim the legislation (Bill 29) until May 2018. During that time, the employers at the private PCHs refused to come to the table until they knew for sure that their employees would not be involved in representation votes. Once the Bill was proclaimed, the MGEU pressured private employers to finally sit down and begin negotiations -- however, they said since public sector negotiations would be delayed due to the Bill 29 union representation votes, private sector bargaining could not begin either.
The union representation votes that delayed all health care sector bargaining wrapped up in late August 2019 and members moved to their new unions in December 2019.
The MGEU and the Beacon Hill Lodge - Local 80 Bargaining Committee remained committed to getting on with negotiating a new contract for Local 80 as soon as possible.
In 2017, the government also 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 would include all HCSS members who work in public PCHs.
The employers of the private PCHs continue to tell the MGEU that since there is no money for the public PCHs, the private PCHs will not get funding either.
This is not fair. 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.The 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.