Message from the President: Provincial State of Emergency Declaration

Publish date: Friday, March 20, 2020


Health and safety

MNU members

MNU President

Politics & Government

Union news

Dear members,

Today, the provincial government declared a State of Emergency in Manitoba, giving them sweeping powers to address the pandemic. As part of our efforts to alert members of all significant developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to provide a few points of clarity about how this decision will impact MNU members.

  • First and foremost, please note that the terms & conditions of existing MNU collective agreements, as well as the Memorandum of Agreement regarding the redeployment of health care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to apply. The province's decision to declare a state of emergency does not change these agreements, and you can rest assured your rights are still protected. For more information about the MOA on redeployment, please visit

  • Second, this provincial declaration of a State of Emergency does not automatically invoke Article 10 (Emergency, Disaster, Fire Plans) of MNU collective agreements in any health care facility. Invoking Article 10 is at the discretion of each employer, and must be provided to MNU in writing. At time of writing, MNU has not been notified of an Article 10 invocation by any employer in the province. We are monitoring developments closely, and will disseminate information to affected members as quickly as possible. For more information on Article 10, consult our Contract Interpretation Manual.

  • Third, the provincial government has announced emergency child care measures for all frontline health care workers. We encourage members that require these services to begin the application process as soon as possible. For information for how to apply for child care services, please visit

We will continue to update members as the situation evolves. I want to reiterate my upmost appreciation for your commitment to caring during this difficult time. Manitobans are counting on us to be there for them, and I know we will prevail by working together.


Darlene Jackson
Manitoba Nurses Union


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