MGEU/NUPGE members hope conciliation will help achieve a fair and reasonable settlement.
Winnipeg (14 April 2014) — Members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at the University of Winnipeg Students' Association have requested the help of a conciliation officer to reach a new contract.
UWSA looking for major concessions in bargaining
Members began negotiations with UWSA Inc. on February 12, 2014. However, it was immediately clear from the employer’s proposals that they were intent on attacking the rights of workers covered by the collective agreement.
Among the many proposed cuts to benefits and changes inn contract language, the UWSA is seeking to remove maternity leave top-up, respite days, and bereavement leave travel time. At the same time, they want to increase hours of work and reduce sick leave and vacation benefits. The employer's representatives have defined this process as “normalizing” or “resetting” the current contract. MGEU/NUPGE negotiators say it represents the elimination of years of hard work and fair negotiation by severely weakening the rights of members covered by this agreement.
Looking to conciliation for assistance in reaching a fair deal
In response, the MGEU/NUPGE bargaining committee presented a package to the employer on April 9, identifying what members felt was a fair deal. The employer rejected the deal that same day and asked if the union members would be willing to submit a joint request for conciliation. MGEU/NUPGE representatives agreed and both parties made separate applications to the Minister of Labour and Immigration to appoint a conciliation officer to help reach a new collective agreement.
The date for conciliation has been tentatively set for April 24.
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