Reality Check

  • Fighting for members’ rights is MGEU job #1.

    We know how hard you work — and how your employer keeps expecting you to do more with less. When they make unreasonable demands, we have the strength and experience to fight for you. And we get results.

    Case in point:

    • Employers wanted to force our members to take vacation in one week blocks. And they tried to cut vacation entitlement for part-time workers.
    • We fought for members at the bargaining table and through arbitration — and won. Want to schedule your vacation a day at a time? You can do that. Two days? Sure. A week at a time? It’s up to you.
    • And part-time employees have the flexibility to decide how they take their vacation, and how they’re paid during it.
  • You pay less for more with MGEU.

    The dues you pay are your money — you’re trusting us to use it responsibly, and we take that to heart.

    • At 1.25%, MGEU dues are among the lowest in Manitoba. And have been for more than 20 years.Our dues are set by members at MGEU convention and the rate can only be changed by a 2/3 majority vote. Our dues cannot be changed by simply calling a Local meeting.
    • Having low dues to get through a representation vote just isn’t good enough – your union needs to show that it can keep dues low decade after decade, just like the MGEU has! 
    • In return for those dues, MGEU members in every Local, big or small, have access to the same powerful resources — for grievances, arbitrations, contract negotiations, and educational opportunities.
    • That allows a lot more MGEU members to get involved. We cover expenses from childcare to wage replacement, so you can attend union activities like workshops and Convention.
    • And we give the ultimate say to representatives you elect. The Finance Committee and Board of Directors make sure your dues are spent wisely and efficiently.
  • We have the people and know-how, right where you live.

    No matter the issue, the experience and expertise you need is just a phone call or email away.

    • With eight offices throughout Manitoba, you can be sure there’s an MGEU staff representative near you.
    • Have a workplace issue? Need to file a grievance? Our regional reps have the know-how to help.
    • Have a pension or benefits question? Concerned about safety? Our in-house specialists have you covered.
    • The MGEU Resource Centre is open five days a week. Call or email them. No matter what your question is, they’ll give you an answer or connect you with someone who can help.
  • Flexibility to take vacation how you choose

    For health care support (facility support) workers, MGEU contracts give you the option to take your vacation the way you want to, without forcing you to take time off in week-long blocks.
    So, if you want to book off two weeks to go on a road trip, or a single day for a wedding, you have the flexibility to use your hard-earned vacation the way you want to! 

  • Strike Support

    No worker wants to go on strike. But if that ever happens, the MGEU offers $300/week, provided on the first day of the strike. And with services like our in-house pension and benefits specialist, the MGEU offers member support that other unions cannot match. 

  • The strongest voice for workers in Manitoba

    The MGEU is Manitoba’s largest union, with the strength of more than 40,000 workers here in Manitoba and a $32 million defence fund to fight back.
    CUPE claims that a letter of understanding will exempt them from having to follow provincial legislation to roll back wages or hours of work. It’s simply not true that any such letter could override a law.
    The MGEU is a proud member of the Partnership to Defend Public Services, which launched a constitutional challenge of the government’s wage restraint legislation. We will be going to court to protect wages and your right to bargain a fair contract!

  • We are a member-driven union.

    More than any other union, the MGEU reflects our members’ priorities. It’s part of how we work, and every one of our staff and elected members lives and works right here in Manitoba.

    • Every single MGEU workplace representative is elected every two years by the members they serve — from Local Presidents to the Union President.
    • Your local rep is a coworker of yours. They know what you do, and chances are they can help right away. And for the bigger issues, they can call in other members within your Component and on the Board of Directors.
    • Fair, democratic representation is what makes us work so effectively. You choose who leads our union, who helps your fellow members, and who sits across from the employer at the bargaining table.
  • We’re the most open, transparent union in Manitoba.

    Wondering what your union is up to? The information you need is at your fingertips.

    • Every member gets a copy of their collective agreement and wage scales.
    • Our website,, is packed with information. Go there, and you’ll find the latest news, a full library of every MGEU contract, updates from the bargaining table, upcoming meetings and events, and much more.
    • Every month, the President sends an email update, keeping you up to speed on what’s going on in and around our union.
    • And every year, you’ll get a copy of our annual report — showing how your dues are working for you.

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