By Sarah Klein
Workers at the Main Street Project began contract negotiations on Monday.
Approximately 90 workers at the Winnipeg shelter and social services agency are members of the MGEU (Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union). The members are coming off of a four-year agreement and are seeking fair compensation to address, what they say, is a problem of lagging salaries in the social services field, as well as improvements to working conditions.
“Our members at Main Street Project do an amazing job in the face of a very challenging work environment. And as the temperature drops at this time of year, the need for the services they provide is amplified,” said MGEU president Michelle Gawronsky.
Workers tend to the city’s most vulnerable in a 24-hour crisis centre, emergency shelter, detoxification unit, transition services, mainstay residence, and the intoxicated persons detention area.