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.
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.
Aug 17, 2018 -
Recent Study Finds Health Care Aides at High Risk of Burnout
A recent study confirms what the MGEU has been saying on behalf of health care aides for years: despite a strong belief in their professional abilities and satisfaction in their work, they are at a high risk for burnout.
Jun 15, 2018 -
Health Care “Transformation” Announcement Leaves Front-line Workers with more Questions than Answers
The government announced yesterday that it’s moving forward with further changes to Manitoba’s health care system — but front-line workers remain in the dark as to how these changes will actually be implemented.
Jun 12, 2018 -
HCSS Bargaining Bulletin: MGEU to Keep up Pressure as Representation Votes Unfold
In this bargaining bulletin sent to MGEU members within the HCSS Central Table bargaining unit, President Gawronsky provides an update about representation votes and the unfair labour practice that the MGEU filed to expedite the votes and bring members closer to negotiations.
Jun 01, 2018 -
More Health Care Cuts Coming to Winnipeg
Yesterday, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) unveiled its “Phase 2” plan, which among many other things, will see the Concordia ER closed in June 2019 and the Seven Oaks ER to follow in September 2019 as it converts to an Urgent Care facility.
May 31, 2018 -
Partnership Makes its Case for Injunction Against Legislated Wage Freezes
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, the injunction request filed by the Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS) against the Pallister government’s wage freeze legislation (Bill 28: The Public Service Sustainability Act) was heard in court.
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.