Dec 06, 2019 -
Major Changes and Long Wait Lists at Manitoba Housing
Manitoba Housing and its future were debated at the Manitoba Legislature in the closing week of the legislative session. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says the comments made by the Minister of Families are a "slap in the face" to those in Manitoba Housing who were recently told that changes are coming, which will affect services and potentially eliminate their jobs.
Dec 06, 2019 -
Busy Legislative Session Wraps Up
The Manitoba Legislature has wrapped up for another year and it was a busy one with a successful lobby day for members and meetings with the Premier, Ministers, and MLAs. Over a dozen pieces of legislation were introduced. Some were brand new, while others were carried over due to the early election call. Here are a few pieces of legislation that the MGEU is keeping an eye on.
Dec 03, 2019 -
Pallister Government Introduces "Public Service Act"
The government says the proposed changes will “modernize” the legislation and put added focus on “maintaining an efficient, safe and harassment-free workplace,” which MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says is welcome news. But she is also concerned that other, much less publicized, pieces of the legislation raise significant red flags for MGEU civil service members. In particular, the legislation will eliminate provisions in the Civil Service Act for the appointment of an arbitration board, and for the establishment of a Joint Council.
Nov 29, 2019 -
Government agrees to hold summit re retail thefts
Yesterday, MGEU stewards and safety and health representatives who work in liquor marts across the province, met with MLA’s from all three political parties yesterday during a lobby day highlighting an increase in violent brazen thefts in their workplace. These activists were able to share personal experiences about anxiety, stress and fear in the workplace and felt that they were finally given the opportunity to have their voices heard by government.
Nov 29, 2019 -
Gawronsky meets with Premier to raise members’ concerns
Yesterday MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, met with Manitoba Premier, Brian Pallister, to identify a number of areas of concern for MGEU members. The Minister of Finance (Scott Fielding), Minister of Central Services (Reg Helwer) and Minister of Families (Heather Stefanson) were also in attendance, and while the meeting only lasted about an hour, a number of important issues were discussed.
Nov 27, 2019 -
MGEU member speaks out about violent attack, need for immediate joint action
MGEU member, Randi Chase, who was recently the victim of a violent attack at a Winnipeg Liquor Mart, joined MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky to speak about how she's feeling now and her hopes for joint community action at a press conference today.
Nov 22, 2019 -
UnionWare - Local 193 ratifies new agreement
Members of UnionWare - Local 193 voted to ratify a new three-year agreement yesterday.
Nov 20, 2019 -
Liquor Mart Workers Assaulted in Aftermath of Theft
Tonight our thoughts are with our members who were assaulted and injured while doing their jobs today. And we are thinking too about all our Liquor Mart members who go to work each day worrying that what happened today will happen to them, or one of their co-workers or customers.
Nov 20, 2019 -
MGEU's Melissa Dvorak elected Winnipeg Labour Council President
Last night, the Winnipeg Labour Council held elections for positions on its executive. Melissa Dvorak, an MGEU activist out of Macdonald Youth Services, was elected President. With Dvorak’s election in Winnipeg, MGEU members now hold the position of Labour Council president in Brandon (Kirk Carr), Portage (Ed Miller), and Selkirk (Susan Smerchanski). MGEU members Liz Dodds and Jesse McNeil also serve as the elected are representatives from The Pas and Southeast on the Manitoba Federation of Labour Executive Council.
Nov 19, 2019 -
More tax cuts, vague buzz words not enough to protect the services Manitobans deserve
Today’s Throne speech was full of buzz words — progress on a public service “Transformation Strategy,” establishment of a health care “Front-Line Idea Fund,” improving “procurement processes” at Crown corporations, agencies and boards — but no concrete plan to preserve the vital services Manitobans rely on day-in and day-out.