"The act ... is a draconian measure which limits and reduces a union's bargaining power...and inhibits the union's ability to trade off monetary benefits for non-monetary enhancements, such as protection from contracting out, job security, and layoffs. It has left no room for a meaningful collective bargaining process on issues crucial to union memberships." — Justice McKelvey, Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench
"I hope [this] ruling shows the Premier and his government that it's time for them to stop fighting with their own employees, to stop the threats, and to start treating the people who deliver vital public services with respect." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
We need to take care of ourselves especially now and a big part of being healthy means taking care of our mental health. Stress is a major factor in poor health. And for those who struggle with mental illness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, these times are especially difficult.
Congratulations to members of the B.C. public service on their recent negotiations.
Members of the legislative assembly of Manitoba were unable to pass an interim supply bill. The bill is needed to ensure the government has money in its bank account to pay civil service employees and keep programs running.
"Our members deserve to be treated fairly and with respect. By denying them the right to collectively bargain, the government is infringing on their constitutional rights.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"After 16 years of staff cuts and wage restraint, there was a lot of pent-up demand for positive change from our membership," — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Upon returning to the bargaining table, the government was unwilling to negotiate. It was their unwillingness that brought about the need for a strike vote.
The Public Service Bargaining Committee is recommending that members vote in favour of the agreement.
“The government is unwilling to agree to reasonable improvements in the collective agreement that would give workers and their families a little more economic security.” — Barry Nowoselsky, Chair of the Public Service/Government Employment (PS/GE) negotiating committee