Solidarity of members helps bargaining committee push back on concessions.
Winnipeg (22 Dec. 2014) — Manitoba's Liquor Workers, members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE), have ratified a new four-year agreement.
Fought off employer's concessionary demands
Ninety-seven percent of those who cast a ballot, voted in favour of accepting this latest offer from the employer. The bargaining committee attributes the strong support of the membership for helping them fight off concessions brought forward by the employer.
The new agreement maintains the current sick day policy, has minor tweaks to shift premiums and updated dental coverage, which was very important to members. It also includes a modest wage increase of 1.5% (retroactive to March 25, 2014) for the first year of the agreement, and increases of 2%, 2% and 2.5% consecutively in the last three years of the agreement.
“After two years of zeroes and an agreement to extend the contract by a year, I’m pleased we were able to fight off concessions at the bargaining table and achieve a reasonable wage increase with minor tweaks to benefits. I’m proud of the solidarity shown by this group,” said MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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