MGEU President, Michelle Gawronsky says the rejection was partly in response to a lack of respect shown at the bargaining table toward DSM members.
Winnipeg (19 May 2016) — Members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at Diagnostic Services Manitoba (DSM) have rejected the employer's final offer after a month of voting.
Employer ignored serious concerns of MGEU/NUPGE members in bargaining
MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky says the rejection was partly in response to a lack of respect shown at the bargaining table toward DSM members.
“It’s clear, our members were frustrated. Not only by the length of time it took to bargain the deal, but also by the lack of attention paid by the employer to a number of important issues put forward by our members," Gawronsky said.
Lack of movement on recruitment and retention issues frustrates MGEU/NUPGE members
The group, comprised of laboratory and imaging technologists and medical laboratory assistants, was seeking some relief from the ongoing recruitment and retention problems currently experienced in many parts of the province. Members have also been dealing with problems within the classification structure, but solutions to those issues were never discussed or dealt with by the employer at the bargaining table or in the final offer.
Now that the offer has been voted down, the bargaining committee will now contact the employer and request that the two sides return to the bargaining table in order to reach a resolution.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 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