“Once again, the government is making sweeping changes without any regard for the people who use these services, or the people who deliver them.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Winnipeg (18 March 2019) — In a disheartening trend, the Pallister government is closing yet another important provincial institution — the Manitoba Curriculum Support Centre.
Closing of Centre leaves massive hole in support for teachers and parents
The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) is deeply concerned about the decision that will see the Centre at 1181 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg closed in less than 3 weeks (April 1, 2019).
“Our members working here are feeling an immense sense of loss. Many of them have been working in the library for 30-plus years and care deeply for the patrons of the centre,” said Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President. “Once again, the government is making sweeping changes without any regard for the people who use these services, or the people who deliver them.”
The Manitoba Curriculum Support Centre, which supports teachers across the province, as well as those who choose to home school their children, employs over a dozen MGEU/NUPGE members.
“Although these MGEU/NUPGE members will be reassigned to other positions within the department, it’s simply another instance where the current government is creating a culture of fear and uncertainty, leaving our members wondering where the next cut will be,” Gawronsky said.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE