Welcome to Union Bug
Feb 14, 2007
It is my pleasure to welcome you to MGEU’s new blog: Union Bug. We’re very pleased to be one of the few unions in North America offering a blog, and we believe it will be an important tool in keeping our members informed about some of the latest issues percolating in the workplace and in the coffee shops.
We’ve launched Union Bug to continue the job of providing our members with a number of avenues for communications and debate. Recently we’ve updated our website, and launched myMGEU which makes it easier to access your personal information and updates about union involvement, activities, and meetings. We’ve also moved to doing communications updates that more directly target components, jobs or workplaces. Having looked closely at what other unions are doing with communications in this country and others, we believe we are one of the most open, accessible and forward-thinking unions in the country.
We also believe it is incumbent on us as a public sector union to offer comment on public policy issues as they arise, and discuss the ramifications government decisions have on our members. Most people know that a healthy percentage of MGEU members are either employed directly by government or rely on government for some or all of their funding. Our intention is not to favour one political party over another but when politicians take aim at our members with short-sighted or potentially harmful ideas, we’ll let them know where we stand regardless of who they are.
It’s an interesting time to be starting a blog in Manitoba. At some point this year, we’ll be plunged into a provincial election campaign. As such, many of our members will find themselves in an interesting position: voting on who will be their boss. As we’ve done in previous elections, we’ll give the politicians a say on topics that are important to our members through an Election Questionnaire, but we also plan on discussing some of the election announcements and how they will affect our members. We’re sure that will stimulate some debate in the days to come.
But the last thing we want to do is limit ourselves to the political (or the serious, for that matter) so we’re going to have some fun in this space, as well. Naturally, we welcome any of your ideas and suggestions for topics on the blog. And we’ve thrown the challenge out to some of our own staff members to contribute their thoughts if they see issues arising in the workplace that they want to make other members aware of. Don’t forget we offer a comments section on this page so feel free to make your voices heard.
Thanks for visiting Union Bug and check back again soon.
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