Four-year contract for community support workers

Eleven MGEU locals across Manitoba vote in favour of ratification.

Winnipeg (30 Nov. 2010) - Community support workers represented by the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) have ratified a new four-year collective agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2009.

"The deal includes general wage increases for all classifications totaling 5.8% over the four-year period as well as wage standardization adjustments of 7.8% for certified home care attendants and mental health proctor 3s to bring these classifications in line with counterparts in facilities," says the union.

"Another important part of the new agreement, which MGEU bargaining representatives fought for, was a process to establish full-time and part-time jobs in the sector," it says.

"The union has indicated to the employer that members wish to receive retroactive pay as soon as possible (and on a separate cheque where possible)."

A total of 11 locals voted in favour of the new agreement. One local voted against. Negotiators for that group (Local 115 in Winnipeg) will now head back to the table to continue bargaining in an attempt to reach a new settlement.

The community support component is one of the largest within the MGEU, comprised of more than 5,000 members.

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