Manitoba Nurses Mark Three Years Since Expiration of Collective Agreements

Publish date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

COVID-19

Health and safety

MNU President

Politics & Government

Today is a difficult day for nurses across Manitoba as it marks the three year anniversary since the expiration of the MNU Collective Agreements, President Darlene Jackson noted today.

"It's unacceptable that the Pallister government has deliberately delayed the bargaining process for three years," said Jackson. "Instead of taking the opportunity to bargain a fair deal, they have asked nurses to constantly do more with less. Now in the midst of a pandemic, nurses are again being called upon in a way many of us have never seen before. In turn, we need the government to show nurses the respect they deserve."

The Pallister government has refused to bargain with nurses since the agreement expired on March 31, 2017. Instead, they have implemented various legislation and policies that have pushed the process back years, most notably including Bill 28 (The Public Services Sustainability Act) and Bill 29 (The Health Care Sector Bargaining Review Act). 

MNU continues to support the legal challenge to Bill 28 coordinated by the Manitoba Federation of Labour, and continue to make efforts to resolve complex labour relations issues caused by the union representation votes triggered by Bill 29.

"The government's actions have caused real harm to nursing recruitment and retention efforts, and the government should apologize," added Jackson. "At minimum, our hope is that the government starts acting upon our recommendations to improve workplace health & safety and pandemic response planning."

MNU represents over 12,000 nurses of all designations from across Manitoba.

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