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.
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.
Jan 09, 2019 -
Commissioner Releases Report About Health Care Votes
Commissioner addresses some of the questions health care workers have about the upcoming health care representation votes.
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.
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.
May 10, 2018 -
CBC Manitoba: Process to slash number of health bargaining units in Manitoba could take 18 months, cost $250K
Manitoba's health minister says the planned process to drastically cut the number of bargaining units in the province could cost up to $250,000 and take up to 18 months, but he hopes it won't take that long. Health care unions met with the province on Thursday to find out the ramifications of Bill 29, which allows a government-appointed commissioner to cut the number of health care unions from 183 to less than 50.
May 09, 2018 -
Winnipeg Free Press: Tories proclaim bill to amalgamate health-care bargaining units
The Pallister government has proclaimed a controversial bill that forces the amalgamation of a host of Manitoba health bargaining units, the Free Press has learned. The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act (Bill 29) establishes a fixed number of bargaining units for each of the province’s five health regions as well as for each province-wide health employer, such as CancerCare Manitoba.