We need an urgent summit of law enforcement, addictions and social services, public and private retailers, unions, and the provincial government. — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Winnipeg (28 Nov. 2019) — On November 20, in the wake of several assaults at the Tyndall Market mall, Michelle Gawronsky, President of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE), issued the following statement:
Tonight our thoughts are with our members who were assaulted and injured while doing their jobs today. And we are thinking too about all our Liquor Mart members who go to work each day worrying that what happened today will happen to them, or one of their co-workers or customers.
This situation is completely out of control, not just in our Liquor marts, but also in private retail stores too.
We welcome the Secure Entrance Initiative from Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, but this crisis is bigger than Liquor Marts. This is a Manitoba crisis that calls for urgent provincial leadership.
We are appealing to the Province to bring all the key players in our community to the table. We need an urgent summit of law enforcement, addictions and social services, public and private retailers, unions, and the provincial government. It's going to take all of us working together to get this crisis under control.
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