Story updated September 22, 2023

Details about how to cast a ballot and attend an information session for the Civil Service settlement offer vote are taking shape.

This week, the MGEU confirmed that members will be able to cast their ballots either online or by telephone any time between September 22, 2023 at noon and October 6, 2023 at noon.

The union also released an Information Session Schedule today, with meetings taking place across the province, allowing members to attend and hear from the Bargaining Committee, discuss the offer, and ask any questions they may have.

In-person Information Sessions:

September 12, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm:
Winnipeg, RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave - Presentation Theatre

September 13, 2023 – 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm:
Winnipeg, RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave - Presentation Theatre

September 13, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
Portage la Prairie, Canad Inns, 2401 Saskatchewan Ave W - Ambassador A

September 14, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
Brandon, Canad Inns, 1125 18th St - Roadhouse Room

September 18, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
The Pas, Wescana Inn, 439 Fischer Ave

September 21, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
Selkirk, Canalta Hotel, 1061 Manitoba Ave

September 21, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm:
Steinbach, Roadhouse 52 Inn & Suites, 375 N Front Dr unit b

September 25, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm:
Thompson, United Steel Workers Hall, 19 Elizabeth Dr

September 26, 2023 – 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm:
Dauphin, *Dauphin Recreation Services – Aspen Lodge, 200 1st St SE (use South Entrance)

*Please note the venue for this meeting has changed. Previously, this meeting was scheduled to take place at the Best Western.

Online Information Sessions

For Civil Service members who may not be able to attend an in-person session, the MGEU is also hosting the following online information sessions on September 19 and 20 to provide members with more information about the offer:

Tuesday, September 19 @ 6:30 pm
Wednesday, September 20 @ 6:30 pm
Password: MGEUcvs

About the vote

The online vote (September 22 to October 6) is being conducted by a third party (Data On The Spot - DOTS). Each member’s voting pin number (voting credentials) will be provided by DOTS and members will be able to cast their vote using a smartphone, tablet, computer or touch-tone phone. More details on how/where to cast your ballot will be provided to members by DOTS.

For members who have never done so, it is very important they sign an MGEU member application right away to receive more information about voting and the latest bargaining news.

Those who have signed a card but may have since changed their address or contact information are encouraged to update their information here and provide an active personal email address and mobile phone number as soon as possible.

About the offer

On August 31, the employer presented a revised settlement offer to the MGEU Civil Service Bargaining Committee, which represents the largest bargaining unit (over 11,000 members) in the union.

Unfortunately, it fails to provide wage increases that help all members keep up with the rising cost of living. The Committee told members they would be moving ahead with plans for a membership vote, while strongly recommending that members vote to reject the offer and authorize the bargaining committee to take strike action.

Learn more about strike action and a strike mandate in the MGEU Strike FAQ (PDF)

Related News Stories:

September 1, 2023 - Government revises Civil Service offer, which still fails to allow all members to catch up, keep up

August 30, 2023 - Employer asks to return to the table after Civil Service Bargaining reaches impasse