Negotiations achieve improvements for MGEU/NUPGE members.
Winnipeg (04 Aug. 2015) — After more than a year since the bargaining process began — and after working through conciliation and taking a strike vote — members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at Family Visions have ratified a new three-year collective agreement.
More than a year of negotiations to reach settlement for MGEU/NUPGE members
Bargaining started in May 2014 but after failing to make any headway, the employer applied for conciliation and bargaining continued with the aid of a conciliator in September 2014.
On April 23, 2015, MGEU/NUPGE members voted to reject the employer's final offer and, through the conciliator, the bargaining committee indicated to the employer that their wage proposal was insufficient.
As a result, members voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action and a strike was scheduled to begin in July. However, negotiations resumed on July 8, 2015 and a tentative agreement was reached on July 20.
New contract sees improvements to wages and benefits
The agreement includes a general one per cent wage increase in each year (retroactive to April 1, 2014) as well as increases to the health spending account.
Family Visions is a non-profit organization in Brandon, Manitoba that provides residential and day program services to adults with intellectual disabilities.
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