Civil Service - Components 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 - Bargaining Brief
Updated: Aug 14, 2019
Approx. Number of Members: 14,000
Current Contract Expires: March 29, 2019
MGEU Staff Negotiator: Sheila Gordon
Elected Bargaining Committee Members: Administration: Michelle Scebenski Clerical: Gayle Mager Corrections: Dylan Almdal Health: David Giroux Legal: Deb Jamerson Physical Sciences: Brian Wilson Social Sciences: Cristina Quon Trades: Joe Dooley 1st Vice-President: Charlotte McWilliams
LATEST BARGAINING NEWS:
The Civil Service Bargaining Committee has decided to file for arbitration. This means an independent third-party will hear arguments from both sides and then determine a contract settlement.
The MGEU is currently working with legal counsel to prepare our presentation to the arbitrator on behalf of our Civil Service members. As this work continues, however, the MGEU Bargaining Committee remains open to reaching a negotiated settlement.
Filing for arbitration does not preclude a negotiated settlement. The MGEU is prepared to meet with the government if they are willing to discuss wages and benefits, and resume fair and meaningful talks.
A court hearing challenging the constitutionality of Bill 28,
spearheaded by the Manitoba Federation of Labour, the MGEU and other
public sector unions, will proceed as scheduled this coming fall.
Stay tuned for when arbitration hearing dates have been scheduled.
Overview of Bargaining So Far
Throughout November, the Civil Service Bargaining Committee toured the province to attend over 50 bargaining proposal meetings.
The Committee the worked with staff negotiators to clarify key issues, identify priorities common to all Civil Service members, and develop a comprehensive package to present to the employer.
The Civil Service Bargaining Committee exchanged proposal packages with the employer on Monday, March 4, 2019 and negotiations began in mid-April.
NOTE: 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 has formed the Partnership to Defend Public Services. In the fall of 2019, 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.