Union Bug Blog
May 05, 2017 -
Buying Your Approval
Billboards, social media, news sites - the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and the Manitoba Government really want you to buy into their new plan for health care. Since announcing an overhaul of medical services in Winnipeg on April 7, the government and WRHA have launched a series of taxpayer funded ads promoting their new vision titled, “Healing our Health System.”
Apr 06, 2017 -
Funding Non-profit Organizations Gives Good Value for Money
Several small non-profit organizations (NPOs) are nervously awaiting Manitoba’s 2017 budget. Funding sources they’ve come to rely on have been ‘on pause’ for months and its beginning to affect the services they provide.
Mar 31, 2017 -
Patient Care at Risk with Short-Sighted Cuts
Most of us would agree that quality health care ranks among our top priorities when it comes to public services. Whether it’s a quick and professional response in a health emergency, effective prevention and diagnosis of disease, or caring and dignified supports as we age, all are dependent upon the right people at the right time doing the right thing.
Mar 23, 2017 -
Federal Government Needs to Rethink ESL Cuts at ACC
The federal government recently decided to reduce funding for English as a Second Language programs at Assiniboine Community College (ACC). They claim that the reduced funding is due to lower numbers of new immigrants accessing settlement services in Brandon. But something doesn't add up.
Mar 17, 2017 -
Pay Equity Matters to Everyone
Less than a week after International Women’s Day, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women began the 61st session at UN headquarters in New York. I’m honoured to be a participant in the important deliberations being undertaken with sisters from the trade union movement from 44 countries.
Mar 15, 2017 -
Collective Bargaining Best Way to Reach Goals
In the coming days, health-care aides, teachers and thousands of other public service providers will find out just how much the Pallister government values their work.
Mar 07, 2017 -
What You Didn’t Know about The Original ‘Filmon Fridays’
It’s been almost a year since Manitobans elected a new provincial government. And with each day we continue to see a growing gap between what the Premier promised Manitobans and what he’s actually doing.
Feb 22, 2017 -
Why all Working Manitobans Should Pay Attention to the Workers Compensation Act Review
In January 2016, the Minister of Labour announced the formation of another legislative WCB review committee made up of both business and labour representatives. The MGEU made a written submission to the Legislative Review Committee, outlining a series of recommendations that the union feels would significantly improve the Act.
Feb 15, 2017 -
Rules are There for a Reason
There has been a lot of talk lately from the provincial government about reducing regulations and ‘cutting red tape.’ But we as Manitobans have to see this for what it is and it starts by asking the question, “what is a regulation?”
Feb 01, 2017 -
Preventing Workplace Violence
We all know violence in healthcare exists, and has for decades, but rarely does it get the attention that it deserves. Healthcare workers in Manitoba are very familiar with this problem because violence in their workplaces is on the rise.