Union Bug Blog
Apr 25, 2016 -
Headingley Riot Still Has Lessons for Us Twenty Years Later
ON APRIL 25, 1996, a riot broke out at Headingley Correctional Institute. In the wake of an evening of carnage, ten guards and over thirty prisoners were violently beaten by rioting prisoners before order was restored. It was a disaster that Corrections workers had been predicting for years ― and its lessons for us remain just as relevant twenty years later.
Apr 20, 2016 -
Upholding their public service promise must remain a priority for Manitoba’s new Government
On behalf of the MGEU’s 40,000 members, I would like to offer congratulations and best wishes to Manitoba’s incoming Progressive Conservative government led by Brian Pallister. As always, our commitment to our members, and indeed to all Manitobans, is that we will advocate strongly for the protection and enhancement of public services.
Mar 07, 2016 -
Take the Pledge for Parity
Tomorrow, March 8, is International Women’s Day—a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
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.