MGEU/NUPGE members vote in favour of tentative agreement.
Winnipeg (29 March 2016) — The members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) have ratified a new four-year contract.
MGEU/NUPGE members negotiate improvements to wages, benefits and job security
“This round of bargaining had its own unique challenges as both the committee members and the employer had agreed to bargain within a finite time-period. In the end, the agreement was reached after four months of extremely tough negotiations, and ultimately through a conciliator,” said Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President.
The new four-year agreement includes general wage increases in each year, market adjustments in the first 2 years of the agreement, improvements to benefits, and an employment security clause for the life of the agreement. The agreement covers the period from September 18, 2016 to September 26, 2020.
“In the end,” Gawronsky said, “I think most members felt this agreement’s mix of wage and benefit increases and job security was a reasonable offer.”
Updated collective agreements will be distributed to MGEU/NUPGE members
Now that the contract is ratified, the MPI bargaining committee will be meeting with their employer to finalize and then sign the agreement for printing and distribution to members.
MPI is a Crown corporation that provides basic automobile insurance across Manitoba and is dedicated to keeping Manitoba’s roads safe and vehicle insurance rates low. There are over 1,500 MGEU/NUPGE members working for MPI across the province.
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