Union Bug Blog
Jan 29, 2016 -
Decisions, Debate and Democracy
Last night, after nearly two years at the bargaining table, members of the Civil Service ratified a new five-year agreement. Not surprisingly, the result has garnered comments and questions from the membership that I’d like to address as best I can.
Dec 29, 2015 -
This was the year that people said we’ve had enough ─ and took action. Conversations took place in every corner of the country about what kind of country Canada was becoming and people didn’t like it. People were tired of fighting at every turn against blind ideology. And we made change.
Nov 06, 2015 -
Fair Deal Tour Crosses Manitoba
The Civil Service Bargaining Committee was on the road last week in an effort to rally MGEU membership and meet with Manitoba MLAs in their ongoing efforts to reach a fair settlement with the government.
Aug 05, 2015 -
Manitoba Liberal Leader Needs to Take Closer Look at Privatization
Today, Manitoba Liberal leader Rana Bokhari held a press conference and stated that a prospective Liberal provincial government would look at making “substantial changes” in the way alcohol is sold in Manitoba, including potentially privatizing Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Bokhari also said that her party will conduct a thorough review of how other jurisdictions handle liquor sales and distribution, and will be consulting Manitobans before presenting a final plan.
Jun 29, 2015 -
PTSD Legislation is a Benefit to All
In a column published by the Winnipeg Free Press, Loren Remillard, executive vice-president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, provided a doomsday perspective on the introduction of Bill 35, which provides presumptive coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to all WCB-covered workers.
Jun 12, 2015 -
Social Impact Bonds: A Risky Investment?
Manitoba Opposition Leader Brian Pallister recently announced that if he becomes premier in next year’s election, his government would help fund non-profit groups using privately funded social impact bonds.
May 08, 2015 -
Rural EMS is on Life Support
The following op-ed piece appeared in the April 29, 2015 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press.
Mar 27, 2015 -
Fighting the Good Fight
In the day-to-day business of a union like ours, it’s easy for the “little” victories to get overlooked. When thousands of members need help on issues and dozens of groups are at the bargaining table at any given time, sometimes we can’t take the time to draw attention to the little things that continue to grow our union.
Mar 13, 2015 -
Paramedics' Future is Self-Regulation
MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky wrote the following column in the Winnipeg Free Press expressing her support for the Paramedic Association of Manitoba’s application for self-regulation, and several other issues of importance to paramedics across Manitoba.
Feb 12, 2015 -
Canadian Government Must Support Right to Strike
Canadians from coast to coast are calling on the federal government to seize a unique opportunity next month to take a meaningful stand at the United Nations for a measure that would reduce income inequality and help spread stability and prosperity in our own communities and around the world.