Union Bug Blog
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.
Jun 24, 2016 -
Manitoba must join with the rest of the country in expanding CPP
On Monday, June 20, 2016, Canada’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, and eight provincial ministers signed an agreement in principle to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). This is a huge step forward to ensure retirement security for all Canadians. Yet, Manitoba remains one of only two provinces who chose not to sign the CPP agreement.
Jun 19, 2016 -
My Amazing Grandmother
My name is Jim. I am a mental health worker in Dauphin and a member of the MGEU Equality and Human Rights Committee. In honour of National Aboriginal Day, I’d like to share a story about my amazing grandmother.
Jun 17, 2016 -
Self-Regulation, Community Paramedicine Discussed with Health Minister
I recently had the opportunity to meet with Minister of Health, Kelvin Goertzen to chat about a number of ongoing concerns that MGEU members have been consistently bringing forward relating to health care. The meeting is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure our members’ issues are getting in front of the new government and that positive changes are being implemented quickly.
Jun 15, 2016 -
Bill 7 will make it even harder for everyday Manitobans to join a union
The Pallister government’s changes to the union certification rules are fixing a problem that just doesn’t exist, and only makes it harder for everyday Manitobans to join a union.
Jun 10, 2016 -
It's About the Members
I love this time of year, and not just because a beautiful Manitoba summer has arrived. In many ways, this is one of the most important and satisfying times I get to spend as MGEU President.