MGEU members working as WRHA interpreters reach first collective agreement

First contract reached for MGEU/NUPGE WRHA interpreters.

Winnipeg (29 March 2012) - Members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) employed as Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) interpreters ratified their first contract – a one-year agreement (effective April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2012).

As with most first contracts, the new agreement gives members the basic rights of union protection (such as grievance and arbitration procedures, disciplinary processes etc.). It also provides for a 2.9 per cent wage increase (retroactive to April 1, 2011) which will be distributed starting the first pay period after March 27, 2012.

One major accomplishment for WRHA interpreters is that they will also now receive two-hour minimum pay, which means if members are called in for an assignment which takes them 10 minutes or an hour to complete they’ll receive two hours worth of pay.

The new one-year agreement is being proofed, finalized and signed before printed copies are distributed.

Since this is a one-year agreement, the union will be heading right back to the bargaining table to work on the next contract.

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