Union Bug Blog
Oct 28, 2016 -
Bill 7 is a Step Backwards for Working Manitobans
This week I spoke to a Legislative Committee about Bill 7, the Labour Relations Act, which will upset the current balance we enjoy in this province when workers wish to certify to join a union. Unfortunately, Bill 7 upsets this balance and gives more power to the employer and makes it harder for workers to join a union by taking away the ability to automatically certify.
Oct 26, 2016 -
Convention 2016: Listening to Members, Supporting Manitobans
Thank you to all delegates who helped to make MGEU Convention 2016 such a success. We’ve already begun implementing the resolutions and recommendations we heard from the membership last week-end, and I know we’re going to be a stronger union because of the discussions and debate.
Oct 20, 2016 -
Talking to Government About Your Province and Priorities
I had occasion to speak with to Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen three times over the past two weeks. This is good news, on the whole, as MGEU has been requesting meetings with government frequently since the election but have only had a small handful to date.
Oct 14, 2016 -
It's Time to Move Forward on the Dauphin Jail
This summer I had the opportunity to visit a number of MGEU members’ workplaces as part of Public Services Week - one of those places was the Dauphin Correctional Centre. As officers took me around the facility it was more apparent than ever before that the needs of this jail have simply outgrown its space and there remain major safety concerns.
Oct 05, 2016 -
You’ll Notice Cuts to Public Services
When the Manitoba Government made a commitment during the recent election campaign that they would protect public services and the people who provide them, voters trusted that they would be true to their word and live up to that pledge.
Sep 30, 2016 -
Manitoba Falls Behind on Minimum Wage
In a recent open letter to the Manitoba Premier, Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) President, Kevin Rebeck along with 60 community, labour and non-profit organizations called on the premier to do the right thing and increase the minimum wage. The MGEU is a proud signatory to this letter, and I encourage all MGEU members to join the call for our Provincial Government to extend a hand to working families in our community.
Sep 28, 2016 -
Privatizing Liquor Sales a Net Loss
Should alcohol sales be dominated by a Crown corporation? A new study indicates the answer is yes.
Sep 06, 2016 -
Government Softening on its Commitment to Protect Front-Line Workers
In a recent interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister began softening on a commitment to Manitobans that the provincial government would protect front-line services and jobs (Pallister talks about the first 100 days , softens campaign vow to protect all front-line jobs, August 8).
Aug 31, 2016 -
Manitoba Youth Crisis Workers Left in Limbo
Manitoba Government and General Employees Union members at Macdonald Youth Services (Local 221), who provide crisis intervention services to youth and families in Winnipeg, walked off the job on August 2, 2016. This move was not undertaken on a whim: strike action is the last resort in any negotiation and is an indication of the level of frustration that these members have reached.
Jun 30, 2016 -
NUPGE Begins a New Chapter
It was an absolute honour and privilege to join hundreds of brothers and sisters from across Canada last week in Ottawa for the National Union of Public and General Employees’ (NUPGE) Convention, and to celebrate NUPGE’s 40th anniversary. The convention spanned three days which included policy development, campaign updates and the election of a new NUPGE President.