Five pre-budget consultation meetings will be taking place across the Province with Finance Minister Jennifer Howard.
Winnipeg (07 Feb. 2014) — Consultations are scheduled to begin on February 10, in order to give Manitobans – including those who work for the provincial government, its Crowns and agencies – the opportunity to have their voices heard as the Government prepares its 2014 Budget.
MGEU/NUPGE members encouraged to share their priorities for the upcoming budget with Minister of Finance
On February 5, Officers of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE), met with Howard to outline member priorities and make recommendations for the upcoming budget.
The MGEU/NUPGE is encouraging its members to attend a meeting in their area and pose a question to the Finance Minister about the funding that impacts their workplaces and their jobs.
“As Manitobans and frontline service providers, we need to take the opportunity to tell those who make the funding decisions just what’s happening out there and make a case for where this government’s spending priorities need to be", says President Michelle Gawronsky. “It’s up to us to remind the government how spending cuts impact the day to day services Manitoba rely on. I hope many MGEU members will make their voices heard and attend one of these meetings.”
Consultation hearings will take place across the province
The Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting Schedule:
- February 10 - Winnipeg telephone town hall from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a rural Manitoba telephone town hall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Register online or by calling the minister of finance at 204-945-3952
- February 11 - Dauphin, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Dauphin Friendship Centre, 210 First Ave. Register by calling 204-622-7630 or the minister of finance in Winnipeg at 204-945-3952
- Februrary 12 - Churchill, 10 a.m. to noon at the Town Complex, 180 La Verendrye Ave. Register by calling 204-943-2274 or the minister of finance in Winnipeg at 204-945-3952
- February 18 - Gimli, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Lakeview Resort, 10 Centre St. Register by calling 204-642-4977 or the minister of finance in Winnipeg at 204-945-3952
Those unable to attend a meeting can make a submission in writing to the minister by email or by mail at Budget Consultations, Room 103, Legislative Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0V8.
The pre-budget online survey can be found on the Manitoba Finance website.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 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