The message to the employer — and on the ballot — was that the offer is only accepted on the condition that the MGEU/NUPGE continue to fight Bill 28, The Public Services Sustainability Act.
Winnipeg (25 June 2018) — After an extremely challenging round of bargaining, members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at government liquor stores have conditionally accepted the employer’s settlement offer.
Improvements made to collective agreement while keeping concessions at bay
The Bargaining Committee negotiated some significant gains in the agreement including protection against piecemeal contracting out, improvements to working conditions in the Distribution Centre, and strengthening member rights in the workplace.
The Bargaining Committee was also able to successfully fight back against the rollbacks and concessions that the employer brought to the bargaining table.
MGEU/NUPGE continues to fight cap imposed on public sector wage settlements (Bill 28)
However, it was clear during ratification meetings that members were looking for more in this round of negotiations. The message to the employer — and on the ballot — was that the offer is only accepted on the condition that the MGEU/NUPGE continue to fight Bill 28, The Public Services Sustainability Act, which the province has passed to impose a cap on public sector wage settlements.
MGEU/NUPGE has joined with more than 25 other unions in a court challenge that seeks to have Bill 28 struck down as unconstitutional. Even if it means going all the way to the Supreme Court, it is the MGEU/NUPGE’s commitment to pursue an additional wage settlement if the challenge is successful.
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