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.
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.
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.
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.