News & Media
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.
Jun 14, 2019 -
OPINION: The government needs to listen to health care workers before it’s too late
From the MGEU Blog: Union Bug. The Pallister government is sticking to its flawed plan to overhaul Manitoba’s health care system, even though the plan’s author has revealed numerous problems with the rollout. A review of the plan from Dr. David Peachey identifies a lack of hospital bed capacity, poor planning, increasing wait times, and “seriously low morale” in some health care facilities. Dr. Peachey says, “Overall confidence has been lost in Phase Two” and he says that the plan should be paused.
Jun 13, 2019 -
Health Care representation votes to be held August 8 to 22, 2019
This afternoon, the Commissioner announced that health care workers will have a chance to vote starting Thursday, August 8 until Thursday, August 22, 2019 on which union they want to represent them.
May 30, 2019 -
Amendments to Mental Health Act Raise Serious Concerns
The Pallister government has proclaimed amendments to the Mental Health Act which raise huge concerns for the MGEU and health care workers across the province. The amendments will see police officers transfer over the custody of individuals awaiting an involuntary medical examination or psychiatric assessment to “a person who is trained and qualified” or in other words, health care aides and nurses.
May 28, 2019 -
MGEU Plans Rally to Save Selkirk Laundry
The MGEU is holding an information picket / rally in support of members working at Selkirk Laundry, which provides laundry services for patients in hospitals, residents in personal care homes, and medical clinics throughout the Interlake and Winnipeg. The rally will be held outside the Selkirk MLA’s office (326 Main St.) on Monday, June 3 from 4pm to 5pm. Please join in support.
May 23, 2019 -
Commissioner Issues Decision on Classification Slotting
Robert Pruden, the Commissioner overseeing the health care representation votes, has issued a final decision regarding bargaining unit composition in the health care sector.
May 21, 2019 -
Two big Community Support Grievance Wins in May
Community Support members in both the Southern Health (Locals 404 and 406) and Prairie Mountain Health (Local 402) will have a little more money in their pockets this month thanks to two big MGEU grievance wins.
Apr 18, 2019 -
Commissioner Provides To-do List Before Health Care Votes Can Begin
On Tuesday April 16, 2019, Robert Pruden, the Commissioner responsible for conducting health care representation votes in Manitoba, provided an update to all unions involved.
Apr 02, 2019 -
Province Lowers Ambulance Fees, Commits to Hire 35 More Paramedics This Year
MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky welcomed the lowered fees, which will help to ensure more Manitobans can afford to call an ambulance in an emergency, but said more paramedics are needed to provide the service, particularly in rural Manitoba.
Mar 26, 2019 -
Health Care Restructuring Leaves More Questions than Answers
Earlier this month the Manitoba government introduced bill 10, which will change the name of The Regional Health Authorities Act to The Health System Governance and Accountability Act. It means that some existing organizations – including Selkirk Mental Health Centre (SMHC), the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), and Cadham Lab – will be transferred to Shared Health, which could take anywhere from 18-24 months. MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky, wants the Health Minister to provide more details to members about this transition.
Mar 21, 2019 -
MGEU Talks Health Care Votes with Technical, Professional, Paramedical Workers
The MGEU hosted two tele-meetings yesterday with Technical, Professional, and Paramedical members to talk about representation votes and what they mean for health care professionals.
May 30, 2019 -
Winnipeg Sun: Concordia ER conversion set for Monday; Seven Oaks on tap for September
The province’s controversial plan to shut one Winnipeg emergency room is coming earlier than expected. Concordia Hospital’s emergency room will be converted to a 24/7 urgent care centre on June 3, around three weeks earlier than planned, in order to cope with inadequate staffing issues in the north Winnipeg ER.
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.