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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:

  • nurses
  • physicians,
  • medical residents
  • physician’s assistants
  • professional/technical/paramedic
  • 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