Reality Check

  • We negotiate strong contracts and fight for members

    • The MGEU protected single-day vacations for Facility Support members, and recently won benefit entitlement for casual service.
    • The MGEU closed the wage gap for Manitoba’s rural paramedics.
    • The MGEU negotiated guaranteed hours of work and access to full-time jobs for Home Care workers, who had been casual employees for decades.
    • The MGEU fought relentlessly to reverse a wage freeze for Westman Lab, and won. 
  • We have the people and know-how, right where you live

    No matter the issue, the experience and expertise you need is just a phone call or email away.

    • With eight offices throughout Manitoba, you can be sure there’s an MGEU staff representative near you.
    • Have a workplace issue? Need to file a grievance? Our regional reps have the know-how to help.
    • Have a pension or benefits question? Wondering about your Workers' Compensation claim? No other union in Manitoba has as many experts dedicated full-time to helping members with grievances, arbitrations, WCB claims, pensions, benefits, and health and safety.
    • Our Member Resource Centre is open five days a week. Call or email them. No matter the question, they’ll give you an answer or connect you with the help you need.
  • We are the strongest voice for health care workers

    The MGEU is Manitoba’s largest union, with the strength of more than 40,000 workers here in Manitoba and a $34 million defence fund to fight back.

    The MGEU is a proud member of the Partnership to Defend Public Services, which launched a constitutional challenge of the government’s wage restraint legislation. We will be going to court to protect wages and your right to bargain a fair contract! CUPE claims that a letter of understanding will exempt them from having to follow provincial legislation to roll back wages or hours of work. It’s simply not true.

  • Our dues have been the lowest in Manitoba for decades

    The dues you pay are your money — you’re trusting us to use it responsibly, and we take that to heart.

    • At 1.25%, MGEU dues are among the lowest in Manitoba. And have been for more than 20 years.Our dues are set by members at MGEU convention and the rate can only be changed by a 2/3 majority vote. Our dues cannot be changed by simply calling a Local meeting.
    • Having low dues to get through a representation vote just isn’t good enough – your union needs to show that it can keep dues low decade after decade, just like the MGEU has! 
    • In return for those dues, MGEU members in every Local, big or small, have access to the same powerful resources — for grievances, arbitrations, contract negotiations, and educational opportunities.
    • That allows a lot more MGEU members to get involved. We cover expenses from childcare to wage replacement, so you can attend union activities like workshops and Convention.
    • And we give the ultimate say to representatives you elect. The Finance Committee and Board of Directors make sure your dues are spent wisely and efficiently.
  • We are a member-driven union

    More than any other union, the MGEU reflects our members’ priorities. It’s part of how we work, and every one of our staff and elected members lives and works right here in Manitoba.

    • Every single MGEU workplace representative is elected every two years by the members they serve — from Local Presidents to the Union President.
    • Your local rep is a coworker of yours. They know what you do, and chances are they can help right away. And for the bigger issues, they can call in other members within your Component and on the Board of Directors.
    • Fair, democratic representation is what makes us work so effectively. You choose who leads our union, who helps your fellow members, and who sits across from the employer at the bargaining table.
  • What these votes mean for your next round of bargaining

    After the votes, health care workers will continue to be covered by their current collective agreement until a new one is negotiated for the new bargaining unit. 

    From the Bill 29 Commissioner – "All employees continue to be covered by their existing collective agreement - regardless of which union wins the vote OR which collective agreement is designated as the receiving agreement."

    If MGEU is the successful union, we will reach out to all current and new members in the new bargaining unit to gather proposals – just as we’ve done after previous votes. Your proposals will form part of the package that the union takes to the bargaining table for a new contract.

    No union is better prepared than MGEU to negotiate the strongest contract on your behalf and offer the best service EVERY DAY. 

  • You are not voting to choose benefits

    The commissioner overseeing these votes says health care workers are voting to choose the union to represent them in the future. They are not voting for the benefits in an existing contract. 

    A new contract will have to be negotiated with the employer by the successful union. 

    Any union that says you will automatically be covered by one of their current contracts after the votes is not telling the truth. 

    At MGEU we won't promise things we can't deliver just to get your vote. No union should.

    The Bill 29 Commissioner says – "No provision in a receiving agreement will be included in a new collective agreement unless and until both parties - the union AND the employer - agree to it."

  • You are voting to choose a union, not a contract

    The commissioner overseeing these votes says health care workers are voting to choose the union to represent them in the future. They are not voting for a contract.

    A new contract will have to be negotiated with the employer by the successful union.

    Any union that says you will automatically be covered by one of their current contracts after the votes is not telling the truth.

    The Bill 29 Commissioner says – "Collective agreement comparisons do NOT show what pay and benefits employees will receive if they vote for a particular union. No provision in a receiving agreement will be included in a new collective agreement unless and until both parties - the union AND the employer - agree to it."

  • You will not lose seniority in these votes

    The Bill 29 Commissioner says – "Employees will NOT lose seniority or service as a result of a vote regardless of which union wins the vote or which collective agreement is designated as the receiving agreement."

  • We provide strong strike support

    No worker wants to go on strike. But if that ever happens, the MGEU offers $300/week, provided on the first day of the strike. And with services like our in-house pension and benefits specialist, the MGEU offers member support during a strike that other unions cannot match. 

  • We work to keep you informed

    The MGEU provides members with the information they need, including:

    • printed copies of contracts;
    • an annual report showing how members' dues are spent; and
    • the monthly President's 5-minute update.
    Our website, mgeu.ca, is packed with information. Go there, and you’ll also find the latest news, updates from the bargaining table, upcoming meetings and events, members discounts, details on MGEU scholarships and bursaries, and much more.

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