Open letter to members on Bill 29

March 23, 2017

To All UFCW Local 832 Members Working in Healthcare
Bill 29 – The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act

Dear Member,

On March 21st I posted a video on this website to let our members know that we were working hard to get our questions answered about Bill 29 so we could let you know how this bill affects you.

Here is what we know so far:

The basic purpose of the Bill is to reduce the number of bargaining units in each Regional Health Authority to seven and to have a single contract and a single union for each of the seven bargaining units.  The Bill will also require province-wide organizations like Diagnostic Services Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba to also have a single contract and a single union.

The seven agreements would be for nurses, physicians, medical residents, physician’s assistants, professional/technical/paramedic, facility support and community support, and are specific to each Regional Health Authority.

For UFCW members, this means our members working at The St. Boniface Hospital, The Grace Hospital, DSM and those working in the Northern Regional Health Authority locations are affected.

The Bill has to go through the legislative process before being “proclaimed” and becoming law.  It is entirely up to the government when to proclaim the Bill and the earliest they could do so is June1, 2017.

Once proclaimed, a commissioner would be appointed to determine the composition of the bargaining units, and give written notice to employers and unions.  There would be an opportunity for unions to make a presentation to the commissioner about the bargaining unit make-up, and then votes would be held to determine which one union represented each bargaining unit.  The successful union’s largest collective agreement would be the contract for all workers in the bargaining unit.

UFCW along with other unions who represent workers in the health sector and the Manitoba Federation of Labour are continuing to meet with government to offer other options in an attempt to get them to back off this legislation, and we continue to seek advice on the possibility of challenging this legislation in the courts.

We will update you on our progress regularly and will soon be developing a “Frequently Asked Questions” document for this website so you can get the information you’re looking for as fast as possible.


In Solidarity,

Jeff Traeger
President, UFCW Local 832

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