The strike notice was issued after an impasse was reached in bargaining, and the employer chose to walk away from the bargaining table rather than engage in further negotiations.
"Our members were willing to negotiate but the employer wasn't interested. The employer wanted everything gone. The workers couldn't do that." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The NSGEU/NUPGE hopes that by envoking the assistance of a provincial conciliation officer a settlement can be reached.
“I can confidently say that no one is better able to represent ASYR’s workers than OPSEU/NUPGE.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“When it comes down to it, this is about the need for stable, predictable funding for our First Nations communities." —Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
"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
"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.
"Without the ability to negotiate a fair wage, it gets tougher to maintain a qualified workforce and services inevitably suffer.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President