"I'm proud of the members who raised their voices against this offer and who stand with the bargaining committee as we proceed to the next steps." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
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
“This isn’t the end of the struggle, but it’s one step closer to getting these workers what they deserve." — Marilou Martin, OPSEU's Chair of college support workers division
"First, the Premier of this province made a mess out of our health care system, and now, he's moved on to meddle with our public education system and is locking kids out of their own schools." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"Health care aides in Thompson, and throughout the province, make $4 more per hour than these members, but they all have the same level of training. How does that make sense?” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Winnipeg (29 Nov. 2016) — About 30 members of the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) who work at the Nisichawayasihk Personal Care Home (PCH) in Nelson House are now on strike. The strike began after the employer failed to meet the request of the bargaining committee.
"We need assurance from the province that bargaining will be fair and not dictated before it even begins.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“This time, outside workers were bending over backwards to get a deal,” said Thomas. “And while councillors are the only part-time town workers with benefits, they tried to rob full-time workers of their drug and dental benefits." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“Currently the PCH workers in Nelson House are making significantly less than PCH workers in the rest of Manitoba, including in Thompson, only 100 km away. These are dedicated workers that care for the elders in the community and deserve to be treated fairly.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
“The union and the employer began negotiations over 18 months ago. But up to now, the employer has chosen to lead their valued employees down the garden path. That’s shabby in itself. But now it looks like they’re ready to put their clients’ well-being on the line as well." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU
“As promised, our union will continue to file access requests on this matter so the people of the province know how much this government is spending on outside help to take on their own workers." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President.