MGEU/NUPGE members are striking for equal pay. "Health care providers throughout this region who do the same jobs should be paid the same wages no matter where they live and work.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Nelson House (14 Dec. 2016) — In a generous show of support, the Thompson Labour Committee donated $300 to the striking workers at the Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home. The workers are members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) in Nelson House.
Labour community provides financial assistance to striking workers
“We know how tough it is as days turn to weeks on the line, especially at this time of year,” said Wayne Levac, President of the Thompson Labour Committee. “These workers are on the job day and night, on the front-line of health care in their community, and our affiliates want to do whatever we can to support their fight for fairness.”
The money will be used to warm the bellies of those on the line, treating them to a feast over the lunch hour.
Show solidarity by joining the picket line
Levac encouraged members of their Thompson affiliates to join the striking workers on the picket line in Nelson House if at all possible. Strike lines are active from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., 7 days a week.
“Knowing their Northern neighbours are behind them in this fight means a lot," said Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President. “Health care providers throughout this region who do the same jobs should be paid the same wages no matter where they live and work.”
Donate mitts and thermal socks, or attend the Brighten the Holidays fundraiser to help MGEU/NUPGE members
The MGEU/NUPGE is also organizing a Brighten the Holidays fundraiser for the families of striking workers and a Stay Warm Out There collection of thermal socks and mitts. Donations can be dropped off at the Steel Centre in Thompson (attention: Laura Nelson) before December 15. All funds raised will be used to purchase gift cards members can use in Thompson to Christmas shop for their families.
For those Manitobans from the southern parts who want to donate, socks, mitts and monetary donations can be dropped off at the MGEU/NUPGE office in your community.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 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