Mental health workers in Selkirk have averted a strike for the time being.
Members of CUPE Local 2348 and staff with the Canadian Mental Health Association have pushed back their strike deadline, pending further talks scheduled for next week. A deadline had previously been set for 8:30 a.m. this morning.
“It is our hope that the employer will return to the bargaining table with an offer that our members can agree to,” said CUPE national representative Sheree Capar. “At the end of the day, our priority is to reach a fair agreement, and this is a positive step towards that goal.”
The workers are represented by UFCW Local 832 and voted in six different locations across the province.
“We had standing room only at the Winnipeg meeting. Members are very interested in these talks because of the recent purchase of their stores by Sobeys and Federated Co-op,” said union president Jeff Traeger.
Safeway employees across Manitoba will hold a strike vote tonight as they head into the final stretch of negotiations with their employer.
“With two more weeks of negotiations and the fact we haven’t even discussed a monetary package yet, history has shown that a strong strike mandate will help us to get a deal before the March 15 expiry,” said UFCW Local 832 secretary-treasurer Beatrice Bruske.
More than 3,000 members are represented by the union will have a chance to hear about the status of negotiations and to give the union negotiating committee a strike mandate.
Employees at Lions Housing Personal Care Home have averted a strike after reaching a deal with their employer.
About 80 workers represented by CUPE Local 3729 voted 85% in favour of a strike last week.
This ratification follows two strike mandates from the membership throughout September and October, as well as info pickets throughout August and numerous meetings with a provincial conciliation officer.
Employees at Lions Housing Personal Care Home have voted 85% in favour of a strike.
The second vote was held October 18 and comes months after negotiations and meetings with a provincial conciliation officer late last summer.
“Long term care workers deserve fairness and respect,” said Daniel Richards, treasurer of CUPE Local 3729. “We are underpaid, overworked, short-staffed, and cannot provide the level and quality of care that we think Manitobans deserve.”
A tentative agreement was reached late Friday for employees at Vista Park Lodge in Winnipeg.
The UFCW Local 832 members have been on strike for over a month since bargaining negotiations broke down with their employer. However, with help from a labour board-appointed conciliation officer, the two sides came to an agreement, which will be voted on today.
If ratified, the strike will come to an end on Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. Members will still be picketing at the assisted living facility until the vote has been ratified.
Employees at Vista Park Lodge are hitting the picket line today to put pressure on their employer to come back to the bargaining table.
The UFCW Local 832 members will be joined by the Manitoba Federation of Labour along with various other unions in Manitoba.
“Our members have been left behind in wage increases over a number of years, and now the employer wants to contract out their jobs. They have been without a contract since March 2012, and have had enough,” said UFCW Local 832 President Jeff Traeger.
Staff from Maples Personal Care Home will hold informational pickets beginning today after a majority of workers voted in favour of a strike mandate earlier this month.
The 130 CUPE Local 2719 members, who include health care aides, dietary aides and kitchen staff, want wage parity with other facilities.
“Not only are they not staffed as well as other long term care facilities, they are being paid less to work more. It has to end,” said Paula Raposo, a national CUPE representative. “It is important that the public know what is happening.”
The daily pickets will take place from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. until Wednesday, July 17. Both sides will meet on July 18 with a tentative strike date set for July 22.
A wildcat strike by Air Canada ground workers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport Friday morning had minimal impact on flight operations in Winnipeg.
The workers walked off the job early Friday in solidarity after three of their co-workers were suspended for heckling federal labour minister Lisa Raitt at Pearson Airport on Thursday. The strike later spread to Montreal and Vancouver.
Numerous flights in and out of Pearson were either delayed or cancelled, according to its website.
The airline was said to have terminated a total of 37 employees in Toronto, but reinstated them after they returned to work.
In Winnipeg, only a handful of flights were affected by the strike. The Winnipeg Airports Authority website listed a travel advisory, which read, “Due to work action by Air Canada ground handling employees in Toronto and Montreal, Air Canada is experiencing delays and some cancellations of flights departing Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Montreal Trudeau Airport (YUL) this morning.”
Some connecting flights for travellers in Winnipeg had passengers expressing their frustration with the airline, which included an organized school group trying to depart. They were told to return home due to their flight’s cancellation.
Air Canada has been making headlines for several weeks due to union tensions and the recent closure of Aveos Fleet Performance plants across the country, which services their aircraft. Winnipeg’s own Aveos plant ceased operations earlier this week, which prompted Mayor Sam Katz and his counterparts in Mississauga and Montreal to write a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Friday to intervene in the plant closures. Workers staged a demonstration at the Manitoba legislature earlier today to express their plight with the company.