Bill 29, also known as The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, was introduced by the Manitoba Government in 2017 to reduce the number of bargaining units and collective agreements in the healthcare sector from 190 to 36.
What does this mean?
By law, healthcare workers must vote for the union of their choosing. Each of the 1250 unionized classifications will be sorted into a new combined bargaining unit. This includes all individuals who work in publicly funded hospitals or nursing homes. The union that receives the most votes in each bargaining unit will be named the group’s union.
Voting will be electronic though computer, mobile, or touch-tone telephone, and will remain anonymous. More details will be provided once the vote is called, which we expect in the coming weeks.
Your choice will have a permanent impact on how well you’re represented and the future bargaining in your sector. Though we at OE97 are not in favour of this vote, as we believe it is a needless interruption for the healthcare sector, we are working hard to spread the word that OE987 supports healthcare workers, and we are a strong union that cares about you.