Changes are happening quickly in our health care system.
If you have any questions or concerns, please ask, using the form below here, and we will do our best to answer any and all questions as fast as possible.
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When are we bargaining?
That’s up to the Pallister government to decide. We have been demanding they come to the bargaining table, they are refusing to bargain. No union can begin the bargaining process until the health care votes are complete.
When do we get a raise?
We are waiting to bargain your next contract. We have been asking the Pallister government to get serious and start bargaining so we can look at issues like your wages and benefits but they refuse to come to the table.
When is the health care vote?
So far the only thing the Pallister government is telling us is that they want to amalgamate the unions. We keep asking but they haven’t told us when or how it will happen.
Why can’t we go on strike?
Until we begin bargaining, your old contract is still in place. As long as that contract is in place we are not legally allowed to strike. But you can let your MLA know how angry you are. Here’s a link if you’re not sure how to reach your MLA: www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/members/mla_list_constituency.html
Why do I have to change unions?
The Pallister government has decided they only want a union representing each bargaining unit. They don’t care that members already voted to decide which union they want to be in. They don’t care that the unions come together and bargain at one table. The Pallister government is trying to drive a wedge between the unions and this is the best way they know how to do that.
What is Bill 29?
What is Bill 29 and how does it affect me?
Bill 29 is now The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act.
The basic purpose of the act is to reduce the number of bargaining units in each Regional Health Authority to seven and to have a single contract and a single union for each of the seven bargaining units. The Bill will also require province-wide organizations like Diagnostic Services Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba to also have a single contract and a single union.
The seven agreements would be for:
- medical residents
- physician’s assistants
- facility support
- community support
When this Bill is passed, a commissioner would be appointed to determine the composition of the bargaining units, and give written notice to employers and unions. UFCW Local 832 along with the other unions will get to make a presentation to the commissioner about the bargaining unit make-up.
Then all members will vote to determine which one union will represent each bargaining unit.
The successful union’s largest collective agreement would be the contract for all workers in the bargaining unit.
Who does the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act effect?
For UFCW members, this means our members working at The St. Boniface Hospital, The Grace Hospital, DSM and those working in northern Manitoba in the NRHA
When will the votes take place?
The votes cannot be scheduled until the details of the voting process are finalized. Votes will be scheduled for some time in 2019. You will receive lots of notice before a vote is held.
How am I involved in this process?
You can participate by .getting informed and getting involved.. Getting informed means asking questions and reviewing materials provided by the unions competing for your vote. Getting involved means voting for the union of your choice when the votes are held.
Does this process affect my status as a union member?
No. If you are in a union now, you will be in a union after this process. However, depending on the results of a vote, you may be represented by a different union.
How does this restructuring affect the collective agreement that covers me?
You will continue to be covered by your existing collective agreement (regardless of which union wins the vote) until a new collective agreement is negotiated for the new bargaining unit.
How is the vote going to be conducted?
That decision has not been made. One option being examined by the parties is electronic voting – a process that has been used by many organizations to conduct votes among large groups of people who are not in a single location.
Is the vote confidential?
Absolutely. The voting process will be strictly confidential. No one from management or any union will know how you voted.
Who can I discuss my vote with?
You can discuss your vote with anyone you want. However, you don.t have to discuss it with anyone if you don.t want to.