Dec 04, 2020 -
MGEU adopts plan to hold Remote Convention, Elections in 2021
At its November meeting, the MGEU Board of Directors adopted a plan to hold a convention in October 2021, using remote (virtual) technologies. The two-day convention will include: election of Provincial Officers; review and approval of the audited financial statements; review and approval of the annual budget; review of Board motions to amend the usual constitutional process for elections and convention during the pandemic; consideration of constitutional amendments to improve the union’s ability to deal with extraordinary circumstances, such as the current pandemic; consideration of the report of the committee established by the 2018 convention to research the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a three-year convention/elections cycle; and consideration of the Board’s recommendation to hold a two-day, in-person Special Convention in June, 2022 to address resolutions submitted by MGEU members.
Nov 30, 2020 -
2020 National Union Scholarship list of recipients includes Manitoban
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) has announced the recipients of its 2020 scholarships and a Manitoban is on this year’s list. Jessica Lohr, whose parent, Lidia Lohr, is an MGEU member of Local 135, will be receiving the 2020 Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship.
Nov 30, 2020 -
Willow Place ratifies new agreement
Members of Willow Place - Local 160, who provide vital services and support for women and children in Manitoba dealing with family violence and abuse, ratified a new two-year agreement last week.
Nov 27, 2020 -
Temporary compensation agreement extended again for health care workers disrupted by staffing shortages
The MGEU has agreed to another extension of the Reassignment/Redeployment Interim Premium Agreement. The temporary agreement with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Secretariat (PHLRS) provides additional compensation for health care workers who've been disrupted by staffing shortages. It was to be in place until November 27 but has been extended to December 4, 2020 while the PHLRS, employers and unions work to revise the Redeployment MOA.
Nov 27, 2020 -
Manitoba announces Caregiver Wage Support Program
Today the Manitoba government announced a new $35-million Caregiver Wage Support Program for front-line workers in long-term care and other settings. The province, which is cost-sharing the program with the federal government, says it will be available to more than 20,000 Manitobans currently working full-time or part-time on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers must apply for the top-up during two intake periods.
Nov 27, 2020 -
Pallister government tables bill to allow minors to help enforce liquor/cannabis laws
As the Pallister government continues down its risky path to further privatize Manitoba liquor sales, the government has introduced legislation that would allow the Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority to hire minors to help enforce the laws that keep liquor and cannabis out of the hands of underaged Manitobans. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, says the amendments to enforcement legislation are connected to the government’s privatization scheme (Bill 40) and are simply a weak smokescreen to support their plans to privatize more liquor sales.
Nov 25, 2020 -
MGEU issues statement on Grandview Health Centre Temporary Closure
Today the Manitoba Government and Prairie Mountain Health announced that the Grandview Health Centre in is being temporarily closed and all staff from the Health Centre are being redeployed to work in the Grandview Personal Care Home, where there is a COVID-19 outbreak. In response, MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky has issued a statement.
Nov 23, 2020 -
Interim compensation for HCAs extended and expanded to cover more health care workers
Last week, the MGEU informed health care aides (HCAs) that the union and the Provincial Health Labour Relations Secretariat (PHLRS) had agreed to a temporary agreement to support members who have been disrupted by a staffing shortage. The agreement was put in place to allow time to negotiate revisions to the COVID Redeployment Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed off last Spring. The temporary agreement was to be in place until November 20 but has been extended to November 27, 2020 while we work to revise the Redeployment MOA. It has also been expanded to cover all health care members and not just HCAs.
Nov 20, 2020 -
Australian Lab Services (ALS) ratifies new agreement
Members of Australian Lab Services - Local 166, who provide environmental testing services, including expert analysis of air, soil, sediment, and water, ratified a new four-year agreement yesterday.
Nov 16, 2020 -
MGEU President reacts to weekend anti-mask rally and harassment of MGEU members
"I reacted the way most Manitobans responded to this blatant violation of public health rules and harassment of those tasked with enforcing those rules: I was shocked, angered, and deeply upset by this selfish and dangerous behaviour."