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Care Comes First in the news. Check out these MGEU news stories and media coverage from around Manitoba about Bill 29, health care, representation votes, and our union's response.
Oct 24, 2018 -
Bill 29 Commissioner Provides Update
The MGEU forwarded an update from Robert Pruden, the Bill 29 Commissioner responsible for conducting the health care representation votes, to all MGEU members involved in the votes today.
Oct 15, 2018 -
Celebrating Health Care Support Workers' Week
Today the Government of Manitoba proclaimed October 15 – 19, 2018 Health Care Support Services Week and October 18, 2018 Health Care Aide Day
Sep 14, 2018 -
Government Provides New Details About Health Care Representation Votes
Yesterday, MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky met with government officials to discuss the upcoming health sector representation votes triggered by the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act (Bill 29). The government provided some new information and, in some cases, changed information they had previously provided.
Aug 17, 2018 -
Recent Study Finds Health Care Aides at High Risk of Burnout
A recent study confirms what the MGEU has been saying on behalf of health care aides for years: despite a strong belief in their professional abilities and satisfaction in their work, they are at a high risk for burnout.
Jun 15, 2018 -
Health Care “Transformation” Announcement Leaves Front-line Workers with more Questions than Answers
The government announced yesterday that it’s moving forward with further changes to Manitoba’s health care system — but front-line workers remain in the dark as to how these changes will actually be implemented.
Jun 12, 2018 -
HCSS Bargaining Bulletin: MGEU to Keep up Pressure as Representation Votes Unfold
In this bargaining bulletin sent to MGEU members within the HCSS Central Table bargaining unit, President Gawronsky provides an update about representation votes and the unfair labour practice that the MGEU filed to expedite the votes and bring members closer to negotiations.
Jun 01, 2018 -
More Health Care Cuts Coming to Winnipeg
Yesterday, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) unveiled its “Phase 2” plan, which among many other things, will see the Concordia ER closed in June 2019 and the Seven Oaks ER to follow in September 2019 as it converts to an Urgent Care facility.
May 31, 2018 -
Partnership Makes its Case for Injunction Against Legislated Wage Freezes
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the injunction request filed by the Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS) against the Pallister government’s wage freeze legislation (Bill 28: The Public Service Sustainability Act) was heard in court.
May 10, 2018 -
Pallister Government Forces Health Care Representation Votes
Yesterday, the Pallister Government proclaimed a new law that will force thousands of health care workers into disruptive votes to choose which union and collective agreement they will have.
Jan 09, 2018 -
MGEU files complaint to get HCSS employers to the table
On January 5, 2018, the MGEU filed an unfair labour practice against the employers of about 7,500 Health Care Support Service workers whose contracts expired March 31, 2017.
Oct 11, 2018 -
CBC: More Security Staff Assaulted at HSC as Officials Grapple with Shocking Attack Video
Two security officers were assaulted by a patient at the Health Sciences Centre emergency department in Winnipeg Wednesday, the same day the CBC released video of a patient attacking a nurse and security staff. According to Winnipeg police, officers were called to the HSC at around 10:30 a.m. CT on Oct. 10. The security officers told them they were injured while trying to move a patient to a different area of the hospital.
Sep 26, 2018 -
CBC: Security Staff at Winnipeg Hospital Need More Power to Deal with Meth-Related Violence, Union Says
The largest union in Manitoba wants the province to give security officers at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre greater powers after a series of attacks at the hospital. The increased use of meth and opioids in the city has resulted in a spike in violent situations involving patients and security staff at HSC, says a letter from the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union to Health Minister Cameron Friesen and Justice Minister Cliff Cullen.
Sep 19, 2018 -
CBC: 1,200% surge in meth-related hospital visits tied to increased violence
"Every employer has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that workers have the protections, training, equipment and authority to safely deal with any violent outbursts by people who are high or have meth-induced psychosis," said MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky in a statement. "Unfortunately, too many of our members are getting mixed messages from their employers — they are feeling pressured to intervene in potentially dangerous situations but often don't have the protections, training, equipment or authority to do so safely."
Sep 11, 2018 -
Winnipeg Free Press: Nurses' jobs are likely safe: WRHA
Gawronsky said 23 staff at Victoria who were laid off during Phase 1 of the changes were told they would have their hours restored in Phase 2, but there was nothing about that in Tuesday’s announcement. "For anyone who has been a patient in hospital, or had a loved one in hospital, you know that high-quality health care is delivered by a team — a team that includes health-care aides, dietary staff, housekeeping and maintenance to name a few," she said in a statement.
Sep 01, 2018 -
CBC: Rural Manitoba health authority to temporarily dial back advanced care paramedic role, starting Saturday
Starting Saturday, advanced care paramedics in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Healthy Authority won't be allowed to deliver select procedures they had previously provided, because of a change to their scope of practice within the region.
Aug 22, 2018 -
Winnipeg Free Press: Letter to the Editor Re: Who’s caring for care aides?
Letter to the editor from MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky. "Health-care aides are burning out — which is not just a problem for them, but for all of us. Because the study also showed, not surprisingly, those who are burned out report providing lower-quality care."
Aug 21, 2018 -
Winnipeg Sun: ER wait times up 18% at Grace Hospital
According to fresh data released by the WRHA, ER wait times continue to climb at the Grace and they’re growing at most other city hospitals, too. The median wait time for ER patients to be seen by a doctor or nurse practitioner at the Grace was 1.93 hours in July. That’s up 18% from the 1.63-hour wait for the same month last year. And it’s higher than the wait time of 1.5 hours in October when the WRHA closed Misericordia Urgent Care Centre and turned the ER at Victoria Hospital into an urgent care centre.
Jun 01, 2018 -
Winnipeg Free Press: Phase 2 of WRHA's overhaul includes Concordia ER closure
The closure of Concordia Hospital’s emergency department and conversion of the Seven Oaks General Hospital’s ER into an urgent care centre next year will be part of Phase 2 of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s health care overhaul, it was announced Thursday.
May 10, 2018 -
Winnipeg Sun: Critics say reduction of health-care bargaining units 'a waste of money, time'
The Manitoba government will greatly reduce the province’s number of health-care bargaining units, a move one union alleges will interfere with workers’ rights. And while government says the process will streamline and simplify labour negotiations, critics argue it’s a waste of time and money.
May 10, 2018 -
Global News: Conservatives take next step in battle with Manitoba unions
The Manitoba government has appointed a commissioner to oversee the forced merger of many of the province’s health-care union bargaining units. Robert Pruden, a former director of labour relations, is to guide the 18-month process of cutting the number of units across the province from more than 180 to a few dozen.