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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bill 28?

Bill 28 is the The Public Services Sustainability Act.
The basic purpose of this bill is to impose maximum limits on wage increases when public sector contracts are negotiated.

The Bill does not open up existing contracts, but once your contract is up for renewal, wage increases and total compensation cannot be more than:

  • 0% in the first year,
  • 0% in the second year,
  • .75% in the third year
  • 1% in the fourth.

The maximum percentages include any other contract provisions that cost money such as allowances, premiums or vacations.  If those are agreed to in bargaining, wage increases have to be less than the maximum limits so that total costs are 0%, 0%, .75% and 1% over the four year period.


Who does Bill 28 affect?

Bill 28 applies to all employees (unionized or not) for whom the government is the employer or funds the employer.  For UFCW members, this means our healthcare members will be impacted, and group home members, school division members and those working in shelters or personal care homes may be affected.

How does Bill 29 affect me?

Bill 29 is the The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act.
The basic purpose of the Bill 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 Bill 29 affect?

For UFCW members, this means our members working at The St. Boniface Hospital, The Grace Hospital, DSM and those working in the Northern Regional Health Authority locations are affected.

When do these take affect?

These Bills have to go through the legislative process before being “proclaimed” and becoming law.  It is entirely up to the government when to proclaim the Bill and the earliest they could do so is June1, 2017.


What does this mean for bargaining?

Since the PC Government’s announcement on Monday all bargaining has been put on hold. 

It is not clear yet how they will put Bill 29 into place and what the time frame they are setting to implement everything and  start the voting process.  The budget is scheduled for April 11  and if the bill will be “proclaimed” then the earliest this will happen will be June 1st.  We are hoping to get more answers after one of these two dates.


Does the bill affect pensions or pre-retirement leave?

The bill doesn’t mention anything about pensions or pre-retirement leave.  Any attempt to reduce these at the bargaining table will be strongly opposed by UFCW Local 832.


What is my Union doing for me?

UFCW along with other unions who represent workers in the public sector and the Manitoba Federation of Labour are continuing to meet with government to offer other options in an attempt to get them to back off this legislation, and we continue to seek advice on the possibility of challenging this legislation in the courts.

We will update you on our progress regularly.