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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.
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.
Mar 06, 2019 -
Increased Fees Add Up for Medical Lab Professionals
MGEU members, who are also represented by the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM), recently found out that they will be facing significant increases in their mandatory CMLTM fees. MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky, who wrote a letter to the College asking them to reconsider their plan, believes the fee increases and a new special levy come at the worst possible time for professionals.
Feb 28, 2019 -
Thousands join call to talk about health care votes
Thousands of health care workers in Community and Facility Support joined the MGEU’s tele-meetings yesterday to talk about what these votes mean and why the MGEU is the strongest health care union for Manitoban’s. If you missed the call, recordings of both meetings are now available.
Feb 26, 2019 -
Bill 29 Commissioner Releases New Report and Website for Upcoming Health Care Votes
On Friday February 22, Robert Pruden, Commissioner of the Bill 29 (Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act) votes, released an update for health care workers and yesterday he launched his new website about Bill 29.
Feb 19, 2019 -
Have a question about the upcoming health care votes – join the MGEU Tele-meeting
MGEU will be hosting four tele-meetings for health care workers involved in upcoming union representation votes. These meetings will answer some key questions that many health workers have been asking. Two tele-meetings will be held on February 27 for Facility Support and Community Support workers and two more tele-meetings will be held on March 20 for Technical-Professional/Paramedical workers.
Jan 29, 2019 -
WRHA admits it will have authority to reassign workers
Last week, MGEU raised the alarm about the government’s real objectives in forcing a merger of the home care and facility-based health care aide workforces. Employers want the ability to assert management rights to reassign workers between facilities and between home care and facilities.
Jan 23, 2019 -
Government Announcement Adds Even More Chaos to Health Care Representation Votes
Yesterday, the Manitoba government announced it will be changing the rules for the upcoming health care representation votes. These new rules will drag thousands more health care workers, mostly from home care, into disruptive representation votes and give employers the ability to transfer workers around the health care system.
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.