"A big, warm welcome to everyone in Local 440 and 441.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Winnipeg (26 May 2017) — The Manitoba Government and General Employees Union (MGEU/NUPGE) is happy to welcome 2 more new groups of workers this month. Staff at the Pas Regional Library (Local 440) and LesTournesols de Saint-Vital (Local 441) are now officially MGEU/NUPGE members.
Despite legislation making it harder to unionize, workers continue to join MGEU/NUPGE
The Pas Regional Library is the only community library in the area, and its 9 employees voted to join the MGEU/NUPGE in early May, while 24 workers at Les Tournesols de Saint-Vital voted to join the MGEU/NUPGE last week. The members Les Tournesols de Saint-Vital provide Francophone child care, a service that’s in high demand in South Winnipeg.
The addition of 2 new groups of workers brings the total to 4 new locals who have joined MGEU/NUPGE within the past 2 months. All have organized with the union after the introduction of Bill 7, which made joining a union more difficult for workers.
“Despite Bill 7, we’ve continued to see growth as new groups approach our union looking for representation. It’s great that they’re choosing MGEU/NUPGE and it’s even better that their organizing drives have been so successful. A big, warm welcome to everyone in Local 440 and 441.”
The first step for both new Locals is to hold elections and establish their bargaining committees who will be working to negotiate their first collective agreements.
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