“When these folks came to us, they were specifically looking for improved health and safety supports and a stronger voice in general with their employer." — Michelle Gawronsky MGEU President
Winnipeg (05 Oct. 2017) — The Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU/NUPGE) is happy to welcome its newest group of workers from Animikii Ozoson Child & Family Services (CFS), a Winnipeg-based agency that works with families from Ontario First Nations who live in the city.
Organizing new workers builds union strength
The roughly 50 foster care workers, direct service workers, unit supervisors and administrative staff join nearly 700 other MGEU/NUPGE members who work in similar CFS agencies throughout the province.
“When these folks came to us, they were specifically looking for improved health and safety supports and a stronger voice in general with their employer,” said Michelle Gawronsky MGEU President. “I think given we already represent 12 different bargaining units that specialize in providing support services to Manitoba children and families, they knew we had the experience and expertise to ensure those concerns were addressed.”
These workers are the fifth group to join MGEU/NUPGE. They join workers at End Homelessness Winnipeg, The Pas Regional Library, Les Tournesols de Saint Vital, and WRHA Public Health Specialists that unionized with MGEU/NUPGE in the lat 6 months.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE