AGM 2019: Recap of Day 1

Publish date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019


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It was an exciting opening day of the 44th MNU Annual General Meeting! Over 500 nurses from across the province were in attendance representing locals/worksites from every region of the province.

The day started off with a rousing rendition of O Canada from the Nightingales Nurses Choir, a group of 25 nurses who perform regularly under the direction of Bill Quinn (the choir is currently accepting new members! Interested members can contact for more information).

President Jackson followed by delivering a strong speech to delegates about the importance of union organizing and activism at a time of attacks on our members and health care system. 

“One thing I know about nurses, when the going gets tough, we pull together. That’s what a union is about, yes, but that’s just what nurses do,” said Jackson. “So it’s time to straighten our backs, throw back those shoulders and be the force to be reckoned with that we truly are.”

Jackson’s message of solidarity carried over to the afternoon, beginning with greetings by Bernie Wood, Prairie representative for the Canadian Labour Congress, who addressed the importance of labour unions in advocating for a universal pharmacare plan ahead of the upcoming federal election.

Jane McAlevey tied it all together with a powerful presentation on union organizing to maximize our collective power. Dr. McAlevey is an organizer, author and scholar with decades of experience in the the labour movement, and in particular, nursing unions. She has a PhD from the City University of New York’s Graduate Centre, and is the author of three books, including Raising Expectations (and Raising Hell)Learn more about her work at

Lastly, members heard from candidates for Vice-President. Voting delegates will cast their ballots tomorrow morning, and results will be announced after AGM business is concluded for Day 2.

Day 2 will also feature debate on resolutions, a special presentation on the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, and of course our trip to the legislature for our RALLY to Put Patients FIRST! Join us at 12:30 at the Manitoba Legislature!

Stay tuned on news & updates for Day 2 by following MNU on Twitter using the hashtag #MNU19.


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